September 27, 2011 — Hopeful entrepreneurs at the University of Virginia have until mid- to late October to submit their entries for preliminary concept competitions that will span eight schools and one open competition. Winners at these events will go on to compete in the U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup.
|Oct. 20, midnight||U.Va. School of Law|
|Oct. 24, midnight||College of Arts & Sciences, School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, School of Nursing|
|Oct. 26, midnight||Darden School of Business|
|Oct. 27, midnight||McIntire School of Commerce|
|Oct. 28, midnight||Curry School of Education, Social Entrepreneurship Track|
|Oct. 31, midnight||School of Engineering and Applied Science|
The annual U.Va. Cup contest honors the most original, feasible and self-sustaining ideas for ventures.
New this year is the social entrepreneurship track, open to all University students and hosted by Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development. Submissions to this category must have a social goal at its core.
Each school or track competition will award up to $5,000 in awards, with the winners advancing to the Universitywide competition on Nov. 18. Through the sponsorship of Third Security LLC, a Radford-based venture capital firm, the top four winners at the Universitywide level will be awarded a total of $40,000.
The submission deadlines for each preliminary school or track competition are:
To compete, individuals or teams must describe their product or service, the value proposition of their venture, the market opportunity and their plans for managing the business. Each concept may only be submitted to one preliminary competition. These competitions are for currently enrolled U.Va. students and their team members. For additional information about the preliminary concept competitions, visit the U.Va. Cup's website.