The Next Great Startup is a ten-week competition where participants have the opportunity to work on their startup coached by venture capitalists. Teams will be required to submit short deliverables at regular intervals throughout the competition. Teams are eliminated based on the deliverables and a short pitch until the finale where teams pitch their startup to our panel of judges.
For more information, to ask questions of competition organizers, visit
When: Jan 9-Mar 6, 2017
Prizes: First place will receive over $10,000 in cash, services, and prizes.  Second, third and fourth place finishers will also receive terrific awards. In addition, there is small cash disbursements as each team is successful moving to the next stage. The cash will help cover customer development, prototyping and overhead costs. Total prizes as of today are valued at over $25,000.00
Who: You can form your own team or register as an individual and have the opportunity to join a team at the start of the competition.  Team members do not have to be in the COE Leadership Academy, but should be current OSU students.
When: Started January 2017! (Application deadline has passed)

Leadership Academy students must register both:
1) through the competition website included above AND 
2) through the registration in the Academy portal 
Be sure you complete both of these registrations so you are signed up with the competition and for recording towards completion of Academy requirements in the portal.

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL or COLLABORATIVE (member choice)

NOTE: This unique learning experience will count towards one requirement in PROFESSIONAL or COLLABORATIVE (member choice) if you apply and make an initial pitch to participate.  Should your team move forward to the next stage of the competition it will count again for another PROFESSIONAL or COLLABORATIVE (member choice)