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New Venture Competition

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nebraska Union
1400 R St
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: NU
The New Venture Competition provides University of Nebraska–Lincoln students the opportunity to stretch their thinking, pitch their business plans and compete for a $15,000 grand prize along with additional cash prizes. The top four have the opportunity for further investment up to $25,000 from the Husker Venture Fund. Undergraduate and graduate students must register for the April 5 and 7 competition by Friday, March 25.

The Center for Entrepreneurship coordinates Nebraska entrepreneurs, investors, business and community leaders to serve as judges for the competition. On the first day, students compete in a bracket-style format by presenting a 15-minute business plan to the judges followed by a 10-minute question and answer session. The second day, the four winners from each bracket compete against each other for various amounts of cash prizes.

“The cash prizes are certainly an attraction for competitors and can be important to kick-start or grow a business. But the competition is not just about the money. The experience of writing a plan, pitching it to a panel and responding to some fairly tough questions is a fantastic method of refining and testing business ideas, and a way for students to build confidence,” said Dr. Samantha Fairclough, associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of practice in management.

Student competitors can get free mentoring to improve their plans and prepare their presentations by stopping into the Center for Entrepreneurship in Hawks Hall room 315 prior to the competition.

The competition begins at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 5, in the Nebraska Union with finalists determined by the end of the day. The final four compete Thursday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at the Sheldon Museum of Art auditorium. An awards presentation and reception will follow.

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