2019 Startup Challenge Schedule

The Challenge begins with a set of Introductory Workshops that instruct potential applicants in how the Challenge works, and how to enter.  Entrants complete an online application, and are eligible to attend one or more Creating a Winning Pitch workshops offered by the Challenge to help them prepare their pitches.  Entrants then compete in the Qualifying Round, presenting a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges who also provide constructive advice to the entrants. Finalists in each division are selected from the Qualifying Round, who then are assigned volunteer mentors and attend an In It to Win It workshop in preparation for competing in the Final Round pitches.

March 11, 2019

Application Deadline

Last day to submit your online application to compete in the 2019 Startup Challenge competition!

April 6, 2019

Qualifying Round

5 minute business pitch to a panel of judges. Finalists will be selected that day for the Final Round.

May 10, 2019

Final Round

10 minute business pitch to a panel of judges. Student and Main Street winner announced. Top 3 Venture Finalists selected to compete in the afternoon Otter Tank.

May 10, 2019

Venture Showcase

Open to the public. Finalist Exhibit Hall. Award Presentation. Reception.