WIN $10,000 FOR YOUR BUSINESS IDEA
Participate in the UA 10k Startup Challenge!
The EXL Center is looking for students with business ideas to participate in The University of Akron $10,000 Startup Challenge.
A top prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winner, with additional prizes awarded to runners-up. The pitch competition, open to all UA students, is focused on promoting entrepreneurship over the fall semester through mentorship, business development events and pitch practices.
HOW TO ENTER
- First, complete this form to register.
- Once you’ve created a profile, complete the full application (pdf) by Nov. 4th
Please note that as part of your application:
- You need to meet with a business mentor (listed below)
- Interview ten (10) potential customers to get feedback on your idea
STARTUP CHALLENGE MENTORS
- Elyse Ball
- EbaNee Bond
- Paul DeCapua
- Nick Glavan
- Jim Griggy
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All events are held in the EXL Center (Bierce Library, room 168) and will have FREE FOOD!
Thursday Sept 19 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday Sept 25 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Paul DeCapua, SCORE - How to start a business: What you need to know
Thursday Oct 3 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Sam Borick, Co-founder, Hunger Perks - How to raise money for your startup
Friday Oct 11 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Check-in and Feedback Session - We'll answer questions and provide feedback
Friday Oct 18 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SEED Legal Clinic, Legal issues for startups
Wednesday Oct 23 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Practice pitch session
Monday, Nov 4 | Deadline for application at 11:59 p.m.
Thursday and Friday Nov 7-8
Semi Final competition
Thursday Nov 21 | 5- 7:30 p.m.
Join us for the finals
Come see the six finalists compete for the $10k grand prize! The winner will be determined by a panel of judges and the audience's input, so be sure to bring your friends!
Thursday Nov 21 at 5 - 7:30 p.m.
More details to come!