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2018 - 2019 $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge

From design research training, to insights from legal experts, to prototyping tutorials, we have eight months of boot camps and workshops to move teams forward.

Friday, December 14, 2018 • 1:00 - 7:00 PM

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Round 2: Quarter-Final Presentations

$300K Entrepreneurs Challenge teams will present for the second round of judging.

Tuesday, December 18 • 11:00 am - 7:00 pm & Wednesday, December 19 • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Semi-finalist Team Photos

Semi-finalists in the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge will take professional team photos.

Monday, January 14 • 11:59 pm

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Concept Board Materials Due

Materials are due for Semi-finalist concept boards.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Boot Camp 3: Concept Testing & Refinement

During this all-day Boot Camp, you'll learn how to build customer empathy and how to build a prototype or devise a test to understand how customers will receive your product and/or service.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 • 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Explainer Video Clinic: More Than Meets The Eye

Join us for this workshop to learn how to produce engaging and concise explainer videos that will hook both customers and investors alike.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 • 5:00 - 7:30 pm

17th Annual NYU Venture Showcase

Instead of listening to pitches from afar, you'll have the opportunity mix and mingle with the founders directly and engage with their projects up close.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Boot Camp 4: Competitive Strategy

From business model fundamentals to go-to-market strategy, to operations planning and financials, this all-day Boot Camp will prepare you for all aspects of crafting your business model.

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Friday, March 8 • 1:30 - 5:00 pm & Monday, March 11 • 4:00 - 7:30 pm

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Coaching Sessions 4: Competitive Strategy

Connect with our coaches 1:1 to review competitive strategy.

Wednesday, March 27 • 11:59 pm

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Startup Plan and Explainer Video Due

Startup plan and explainer video deliverables are due by 11:59 pm.

Sunday, March 31, 2019 • 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Boot Camp 5: How to Pitch

What makes a successful pitch? Review storytelling techniques, best practices to capture your audience's attention and how to achieve optimal slide design.

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Friday, April 5 • 1:00 - 7:00 pm

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Round 3: Semi-Final Presentations

$300K Entrepreneurs Challenge teams pitch in the third round of judging.

Tuesday, April 9 • 1:00 - 7:00 pm

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Info Session for Finalists

Connect with the team at the W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs to prepare for the Finals of the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge.

Tuesday, April 9 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm & Wednesday, April 10 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Finalists' Video Shoot

Finalists in the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge will select appointment time slots for a video shoot.

Friday, April 12 • 1:30 - 5:00 pm & Wednesday, April 17 • 4:00 - 7:30 pm

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Coaching Sessions 5: Startup Plan

Connect with coaches at the W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs to review your startup plan.

Wednesday, May 1 • 11:59 pm

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Final Startup Plan and Explainer Video Due

Materials for the final startup plan and explainer video are due by 11:59 pm.

Friday, May 10, 2019 • 1:00 - 8:00 pm

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NYU $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge: Finals & Awards Ceremony

On May 10th, the final 12 teams will pitch off to see which ventures win the grand prizes.

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Thursday, May 16 • 1:00 - 5:00 pm & Wednesday, May 22 • 1:00 - 5:00 pm

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Winners' Milestone Meetings

Winners of the $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge will meet with the team at the W. R. Berkley Innovation Labs.