New Venture Competition


Calling All Creators, Inventors, and Aspiring Entrepreneurs! The UCI New Venture Competition offers you the opportunity to form a team, launch a startup and potentially fund a business idea – all within seven months. The competition is open to all UCI students, staff members and researchers as well as community members. Teams compete for $100,000 in cash prizes plus additional professional services!

Competitors have full control and ownership over what their team creates. We connect you with potential teammates, provide you with the tools to transform your idea into a concept, and even match teams with industry mentors to help you develop your concept into a viable business.

Please register for the workshops that you would like to attend. Those who have registered will be sent access links to Zoom workshop sessions and live Q&A session.

Dates and Deadlines


View Kick Off Video

View Q&A session

Kick-Off Slides

January 20, 2022

Workshop 1: How to Come up with a Billion Dollar Idea & Form Your Winning Team + Mixer

Workshop 1 video

Workshop 1 slides

Problem Finding Exercise

Team Commitment Analysis

Team Traits Marginal Addition Analysis

Team Traits Marginal Subtraction Analysis

January 24, 2022

Workshop 2: From Idea to Business + Mixer

Workshop 2 video

Workshop 2 slides

The Business Model Canvas

January 31, 2022

Workshop 3: Is there a Market for Your Product? + Mixer 

Workshop 3 video

Workshop 3 slides

Research worksheet

February 7, 2022

Workshop 4: How to Write a Winning Concept Paper + Mixer

Workshop 4 video

Workshop 4 slides

February 15, 2022

Concept Paper Feedback with coaches

February 21 - March 4, 2022

Concept Papers Due

March 6, 2022

Workshop 5: How to Go to Market + Mixer

Workshop 5 video

Workshop 5 slides

April 4, 2022

Workshop 6: How to Make Money + Mixer

Workshop 6 video

Workshop 6 slides

April 11, 2022

Workshop 7: How to Build a Winning Pitch Deck + Mixer

Workshop 7 video

Workshop 7 slides

Pitch Deck Best Practices

April 18, 2022

Workshop 8: How to Pitch & Deal With Q&A (Tips & Tricks for Pitching Online) + Mixer

Workshop 8 video

April 25, 2022

The Board Room Pitch

May 13, 2022

Grand Finale Prep Sessions

May 16, 2022

Grand Finale Ant Tank + Awards

Register here

June 3, 2022

*All dates are subject to change

About the Competition

Competition Resources


New Venture Competition Sponsors

"The New Venture Competition defined my college experience. It provided me with a platform to pursue my entrepreneurial ambitions, meet inspiring and talented people, and ultimately leave my mark at UCI." - Keene Do, UCI BA, Business Administration 2018, 1st Place NVC Winner: Social Enterprise Track in 2018

This entire competition is subject to the UCI Academic Integrity Policy as outlined in this link.