The Entrepreneurship Cup is a concept competition open to all UVa undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. This annual competition seeks to enrich the area's entrepreneurial community by encouraging new ventures with the potential to address unmet needs, solve social and economic problems, and do so in an interdisciplinary way. We would like to get students excited to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that could translated into a business. This competition is for concepts. Submissions do not need to be a full business plan. This is a "step one" competition. Winners of this event often move on to a business plan competition or the Darden Business Incubator.
Participating teams and individuals develop their entrepreneurial ideas by submitting business concepts to a selected track, with qualifying teams pitching their concepts at that track's competition. The first-place team or individual from from each of the tracks go on to compete in the Entrepreneurship Cup final on Nov. 21, 2014 (1 p.m., Nau Hall 101).
Encouraging these early stage concepts is critical in building the entrepreneurship pipeline. New this year will be a theme-based competition using four themed tracks instead of holding competitions in each school. Students have always been allowed and encouraged to enter the competition of their choosing, and the idea of themes is designed to help compare “apples to apples” in the theme-based competition. In the finals, all themes will compete with each other directly. Two winners will move forward to the finals from each themed track. Given the logistical challenge this presents for UVa Wise, they will hold their semi-final across all themes, sending one overall winner to the finals.
A one-of-a-kind bronze trophy was designed and created at UVa in the first year of the competition (2009), through collaboration between engineering and the arts (sculpture). This trophy sits in the school of the winning team for a year and is passed forward annually following the November event.
- Medical Technologies/ Health Care
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Consumer Goods & Services/ B2B
- Technology, Media, Telecommunications
- UVA Wise
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If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Wagner at cheryl-vpr [at] virginia [dot] edu