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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 9th 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 $800,000. 

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. Additional funding comes from the deans of the GW schools, corporate sponsors and individual donors.



History of the 9th Largest

Collegiate Competition in the U.S.

Over $1.5 million + 1,645 participants + live streaming in 18 countries 



$1,529,538 the total prizes awarded in our 11 year history




Participate in the GW New Venture Competition  

NVC Stage / Get Tickets

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.