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$300K Entrepreneurs Challenge

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All NYU students, faculty, researchers and alumni are invited to compete in the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge, one of the largest venture competitions and accelerator programs in the world. You’ll experience how-to workshops, hands-on boot camps and one-on-one coaching sessions--all designed to guide you step-by-step through the startup process from idea to launch. Prior business education or experience is not necessary.

Attend the Kick-Off & Info Session to learn more about the three venture tracks, the four stages of competition, key dates, who is eligible to compete, and how to enter. You'll hear from and have the chance to network with Berkley Innovation Labs staff, alumni of the Entrepreneurs Challenge, and even a few of the coaches.



Ideas Wanted.
Not any old ideas. What we’re interested in are disruptive ideas; that is, ideas with the power for great impact and influence. Ideas that challenge assumed boundaries and inspire a sense of what’s possible. The $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge provides you with the framework and motivation you’ll need to think what no one else is thinking and do what no one else is doing.

Three Venture Tracks.
The $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge comprises three individual competitions, whose winners will share a total of $300K in cash and startup services.
  • New Venture Competition | The NYU Stern New Venture Competition is the premier platform for identifying, nurturing and showcasing entrepreneurial talent at NYU. The competition challenges aspiring business owners and those excited by the new venture startup process to take their ideas from concept to market. The NYU Stern New Venture Competition winners share the $100,000 Ira Rennert Prize.
  • Social Venture Competition | The NYU Stern Social Venture Competition recognizes and supports the growing number of students and alumni interested in using their entrepreneurial skills to create innovative approaches to tackling social problems, here and abroad. Social Venture Competition winners share a $75,000 prize to help launch their ventures.
  • Technology Venture Competition | Each year, NYU students, faculty and researchers create scores of cutting edge inventions across the information technology, life science and energy sectors. The NYU Technology Venture Competition, sponsored by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, serves as a catalyst for the formation of new and the acceleration of existing early-stage startups based on these exciting innovations. Winners share a $100,000 prize.

Who Can Enter?
All students, faculty, researchers, and alumni of New York University are welcome to compete. Prior business education or experience is not necessary. 
Download the documents below for a more complete list of eligibility requirements. However, note that these documents are subject to slight changes for the 2017-18 competition year. 

Where Are They Now?
See below for winners of past competitions.

Challenge Year New Venture Competition Social Venture Technology Venture Competition
2016 - 2017 Resprana / Knowu Hakook / Share Meals Geopipe
2015 - 2016 RateFrame / Sani Elements Digital Health Redesign Science
2014 - 2015 HireCanvas Codesters Skinesiology
2013 - 2014 Smart Vision Labs Kinvolved Databetes / Oculogica
2012 - 2013 Noor Pharmaceuticals / SleepBot Neutraceutical Market Solutions RF Test Labs / SeeMore Technology
2011- 2012 CourseHorse See & Be Seen Anzenna