UCI New Venture Competition MIXER and Workshop #3

You have learned how to validate your idea and develop your concept and have received tips for creating your concept paper. Attend Workshop #3: Can You Make Money? Metrics For Your Concept Paper for more tips! This presentation will be provided by Marc Kelly, Managing Partner, Innovative Financial Consultants.

Join us for the Mixer where we will also provide support for team formation! New to the competition? Meet and join a team at the mixer!

Team Formation

Forming a multi-talented team to collaborate with is essential for any new venture. Success in the New Venture Competition is no different. Reach beyond your classmates to form a team of many strengths and talents from across campus.

Don’t forget that only 2 team members must be enrolled at UCI. Consider recruiting UCI faculty, staff, alumni and others to your team!

Team formation assistance is available to any team that needs to recruit more members and to people who would like to join a team.

SEARCH: The Team Formation Database on Airtable is the optimal way to find potential teammates. (If you are unfamiliar with Airtable, click here for helpful tips.)

BE FOUND: Add yourself to the database by submitting this form Please also use the same form to remove yourself from the database!

ATTEND: The workshops are an ideal place to meet potential teammates! Additional mixers will be hosted in conjunction to help with team formation.

MEET: If you need a place to meet with potential teammates on-campus, the Beall Center offices are open to you during most business hours! Visit us in SB1-2300.

Where to Start

The UCI New Venture Competition offers UCI students, staff members, and researchers the opportunity to form a team, launch a startup and potentially fund their business idea all within 5 months.

You have full control over what you create. We connect you with other students, provide you with the tools to transform your idea into a concept, and even match you with industry mentors to develop your concept into a solution. Teams submit a 3-page concept paper in February and those chosen as semi-finalists build a pitch deck and present their idea to the judges in May!

For an in-depth overview, watch the video from our Kickoff event in November online here. (HYPERLINK:

Think it's too late to join? Click on the Team Formation tab to join a team, or recruit people to your team! This primer will also set you up for success.

Workshop 1: From Problem to Solution

The 2018 UCI New Venture Competition workshop series began with From Problem to Solution: Developing a Business Idea and Transforming it into a Business Model, presented by Larry Wilk, Lecturer, The Paul Merage School of Business.

The full-length video recording is available on YouTube and links to access the workshop slides and other resources are included below. Larry shares his suggested reading materials on slide 65.


Slide Deck (PDF)
Business Model Canvas from Strategyzer (PDF)
Mission Model Canvas from Strategyzer (PDF)
Value Proposition Fill-In from Strategyzer (PDF)
Learning Card from Strategyzer (PDF)

UCI ANTrepreneur Center

Every NVC competitor should meet with the UCI ANTrepreneur Center at least once before February 20th! The ANTrepreneur Center is a campus-wide resource that is available to every UCI student. They provide free consultations to help guide aspiring - and current - entrepreneurs as they develop, launch, and grow their businesses.

Their center works with UCI students considering launching a business and

Visit for their full schedule of weekly events.

Tech Surge Specialty Award

Every team, regardless of track, may work with UCI Applied Innovation to develop a business that commercializes intellectual property developed at UCI.

Teams compete for an additional $25,000 in prize money and awards and receive automatic entry into the Wayfinder Incubator Program. This is an excellent opportunity to commercialize real inventions generated from UCI’s world-renown research while gaining access to the vast resources at UCI Applied Innovation including special workshops and hands-on mentoring!


Prizes are awarded to winners in two phases:

An initial unrestricted cash prize to be distributed at the close of the competition
A restricted grant to be distributed upon completion of specific future milestones set forth by the respective granting entity and the individual team.

For more information, contact:
Hayley Young
Assistant Director, New Venture Group
UCI Applied Innovation



Event Details

Date: 02.22.2018
Time: 05:30 p.m. - 07:00 p.m.
Event Type: Public




Merage School Auditorium and Courtyard
4293 Pereira Drive Irvine, CA 92697


Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Megan Marburger)