Stella Zhang 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.

Those who have registered will be sent access links to Zoom workshop sessions and live Q&A session.

Dates and Deadlines

 If you haven't had a chance to submit your Concept Paper yet but still want to be a part of the competition, don't worry! Join our friendly Discord community and let's explore some ideas together. We'd love to have you on board!


Stella Zhang New Venture Competition Kick-Off

Monday, November 7, 2022

Concept Papers Due

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Board Room Pitch

Friday, May 12, 2023

Grand Finale + Awards

Friday, May 25, 2023

*NVC workshops are found below. All dates are subjected to change

About the Competition



nvc sponsors

The Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship strives to inspire innovation and entrepreneurship for the 21st century through all our events and activities. Support from the corporate community enables us to produce research and programs to empower future innovators and current business leaders. Support our vision by supporting this program.

Learn more about sponsorships by contactingJenn Huynh.

"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.

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