CMU College of Business New Venture Competition

Date(s) - Friday, April 12, 2019
All Day

The CMU New Venture Competition (NVC) is a program for students enrolled across all colleges at CMU to develop their entrepreneurial mindset, learn business start-up techniques, and develop their business ideas. It is intended for very early stage student business ventures. The NVC provides a transformational experience where students are able to earn start-up funds for their businesses.

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Schedule of Events

​8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ​Registration and Breakfast ​Education and Human Services Concourse
​9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. ​Welcome ​French Auditorium
​10:00 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m. ​Round One ​Education and Human Services Classrooms
​11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. ​Lunch ​Education and Human Services Classrooms
​11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. ​Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Semi-Finalists Announced
French Auditorium​
​1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ​Round Two ​Education and Human Services Classrooms
​2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ​Networking Break and Refreshments ​Education and Human Services Concourse
​2:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. ​Pitch Competition
Finalists Announced
​French Auditorium
​4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ​Final Round ​French Auditorium
​5:00  p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ​Student Gallery, Showcase, and Networking Reception ​John G. Kulhavi Event Center Atrium
​6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ​Strolling Dinner and Awards Ceremony ​John G. Kulhavi Event Center Atrium

Anticipated Awards

Seed Capital Awards (Each venture can only receive one of the Seed Capital Awards)
David and Janice Underwood Award for Best Overall Venture – $ 25,000
David and Susan Roberts Family Award for Best Social Venture – $ 10,000
Best Technology Venture – $ 10,000
Most Impact on Michigan Venture – $ 10,000
The Korson Family’s Highest Growth Potential Venture – $ 10,000
Best Lifestyle Venture – $ 10,000

In-Kind Awards
Blue Water Angel Mentoring Award
Foster Swift Legal Assistance Award

2 Minute Pitch Competition Awards
Best Overall Pitch – $ 1,000
1st Runner Up – $ 500
2nd Runner Up – $ 250
Audience Choice Award – $ 250

NVC Summer Accelerator Awards
(Awarded to at least one student venture)
$25,000 Cash Prizes and In-kind Services

NVC Investor Contribution Awards
Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) Investor Award –
$2,000 and In-Kind Services
NVC Alumni Gallery Audience Choice – $1,000
ENT Fraternity Gallery Audience Choice – $1,000
Audience Choice Student Gallery Investor Award – $500