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About The New Venture Competition

The GW New Venture Competition Moves Ideas From Ideation to Implementation

Started in 2008, The GW New Venture Competition is the 8th largest collegiate competition in the country and provides GW students, faculty, and alumni with real-world experiences in entrepreneurship that can’t be replicated anywhere else. 

Students have the opportunity to compete in three tracks — Tech, Social, and New Venture — and bring an idea to the table, work with mentors to craft and pitch a stellar idea, and vie for cash and non-cash prizes equaling more than $500,000. 

Funding comes from the deans of the GW schools, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. The initial funding for the competition was provided by a generous grant from Richard and Annette Scott. Richard Scott was the 45th governor of Florida and is now a US Senator from Florida, as well as a successful entrepreneur. 



History of the 8th Largest U.S.

Collegiate Competition

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Attend the Finals & Get Involved 

Even if you’re not interested in participating as a competitor, we want to see you in the audience, cheering on the phenomenal teams and businesses! We are always on the hunt for judges and mentors, and you can find out about additional ways to get involved here.