About The New Venture Competition

Started in 2009, The GW New Venture Competition is the #1 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. 

History of the #1 Largest U.S.

Collegiate Competition

12 years of excellence



Total cash prizes awarded since 2009 


The number of total participants in the competition since our inception. 


The number of countries that live streamed the competition Finals in 2021. 

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How to 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.