Guidelines and Team Requirements

  • 1 founding member of the team must have a Buff Onecard.
  • Current student, faculty, or staff.
  • Join StartupTree online community and submit venture online.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Finalist teams will be required to form a business entity for purposes of managing prize money.

NVC Championship Judging Criteria

Semi-Finals and Finals

  • Provide an educational experience
  • Idea that solves a problem
  • Qualifications of team
  • Demonstration of market research and customer discovery (i.e. feedback from at least 10 potential customers) 
  • Viability is not required but is highly encouraged
  • Depth and comprehensiveness of research info business idea

Championships

  • Provide an educational experience

  • Idea that solves a critical problem

  • Highly qualified team (Why are you the right people to run this company?)

  • Demonstration of market research and customer discovery (i.e. feedback from at least 40 potential customers)

  • Viability

  • Serious depth and comprehensiveness of research into business idea

  • Note: to win the prize of most fundable company the team must demonstrate size of potential market

IMPORTANT: All teams in the championships must form an appropriate business entity, if they have not already, for the purposes of managing track and prize money.

Tracks

To participate in the CU Boulder New Venture Challenge, teams enter one of the NVC tracks: General, Research & Development, Information Technology, or Creative Industries. While teams must choose one track in which to compete, there is a spot in the CU Boulder NVC for everyone; the individual tracks are for organization purposes, and are not meant to exclude teams and ideas.

Each track accepts submissions and holds a semi-final competition. Winners of each track can win cash prizes and move on to the CU Boulder NVC Finals for a chance to take home additional cash prizes!

What track is right for me?

  • Each different track will provide mentors and workshops that are specific to each industry.

  • You can only compete in one track, but can attend events in other tracks if you are interested.

Learn about this year's tracks

Prizes

Women's Entrpreneurship Prize:

An additional monetary prize given to a venture, on any track, with a female founder.  

Ventures interested in this prize must apply separately in addition to a track application, and pitch in both their track finals and prize finals.  The winning venture will be selected by the discretion of the social impact prize committee.

Social Impact Prize:

An additional monetary prize given to a venture, on any track, focused on social impact (strong commitment to a triple bottom line of people, planet, profit).  

Ventures interested in this prize must apply separately in addition to a track application, and pitch in both their track finals and prize finals.  The winning venture will be selected by the discretion of the social impact prize committee.