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.


  1. First, complete this form to register.
  2. 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


  • Elyse Ball
  • EbaNee Bond
  • Paul DeCapua
  • Nick Glavan
  • Jim Griggy

Learn more about the mentors


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.
Informational session

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.
Final Competition

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!

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