New Venture Competition
Baylor New Venture Competition
A Transformative Experience
The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise will host the twelfth annual Baylor New Venture Competition on March 24-25 at Baylor University's Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. Applications for the competition are open now through November 1. This business plan and elevator pitch competition showcases collegiate student created, managed and led ventures from across the globe. The competition provides participants with personal and professional development through:
- industry-specific mentorship towards sustainable business plans,
- exclusive access to accomplished experts and fellow innovators,
- and a chance to compete for over $250,000 in cash prizes and vital resources.
Since its inception, more than 600 student entrepreneurs world-wide have applied to compete in the competition. Nearly $1 million in cash and prizes has been awarded to these collegiate entrepreneurs. Several BNVC finalists have had additional successes beyond the BNVC. Most notably, Orai (2018 second place winner) and Nanodropper (2019 top-ten finalist) were both named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30.
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About the Baylor New Venture Competition
The Baylor New Venture Competition is underwritten by an anonymous gift to Baylor University and the Hankamer School of Business. The differentiator between this competition and others is the focus on encouraging student entrepreneurs worldwide to catalyze and grow their business.
Applicants will receive expert advice throughout the competition cycle:
- Executive Summary Feedback
- Business Plan Feedback
- One-on-One Mentorship
- Rounds of Pitch Coaching
- Feedback Sessions
- Final Presentation Feedback
The day of finals will include pitch presentations with judge Q&A, networking, a business showcase, audience participation and awards.
The Baylor New Venture Competition is successful because of the support from hundreds of experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders and sponsors.
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2023 BNVC Prizes and Awards
New Venture Competition Awards
- First Place: $50,000 Cash + In-kind awards
- Second Place: $25,000 Cash + In-kind awards
- Third Place: $10,000 Cash + In-kind awards
- Honorable Mention (4th - 10th): $1,500 Cash + In-kind awards
*In-kind awards can include website hosting, various consultations, co-working space, legal services and more.
NVC Elevator Pitch Awards
- 1st Place - $1,500 cash
- 2nd Place - $1,000 cash
- 3rd Place - $500 cash
Oso Launch Elevator Pitch Competition Awards
- 1st Place - $1,000 cash
- 2nd Place - $500 cash
- 3rd Place - $250 cash
2023 BNVC Eligibility
The 2023 Baylor New Venture Competition is open to teams of not-for-profit accredited university students and recent alumni around the world. There is no limit to the number of teams from a single university that may apply. For further information on team eligibility, visit the 2023 official guidebook linked in the application.
2023 BNVC Competition Format and Important Dates
Below is a brief description of how the rounds take place as the applicant pool is narrowed during the course of the competition:
Round One: Executive Summary (Online): September 1, 2022 - November 1, 2022
Teams submit a two-page Executive Summary of their business concept and verification of student status. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on November 1, 2022. The top-50 teams will be notified of advancement to the next round.
Round Two: Business Plan (Online): December 12, 2022 - January 17, 2023
The top-50 teams will submit a full business plan, cap table, verification of establishment of a legal entity and tax forms by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on January 17, 2023. The top-ten finalist teams will be assigned a mentor and will compete in the competition finals at Baylor University.
Live Presentation Finals at Baylor University in Waco, Texas
Pre-Competition Activities: Friday, March 24, 2023
Kickoff events and feedback sessions
Finals: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Top-ten finalist teams will be randomly chosen to present to a panel of judges. Judges will score each team and will record feedback comments.
Elevator Pitch Competition during Awards Banquet (Evening)
Round One: A member from each team will present their 90-second pitch for audience polling. The top-five teams will advance.
Round Two: A different member from the top-five teams will present their 90-second pitch for audience polling. The top-three winners will be chosen according to the number of votes from the audience.