Workshops, Qualifying Round, Finalists, Showcase, and Resources
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 12, 2018
Last day to submit your online application to compete in the 2017 Startup Challenge competition!
April 7, 2018
5 minute business pitch to a panel of judges. Finalists will be selected that day for the Final Round.
May 12, 2018
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 12, 2018
Open to the public. Finalist Exhibit Hall. Award Presentation. Reception.