How It Works

We know that each student’s idea has incredible potential. The competition process is designed to help anyone turn their idea into a reality, even if you’re not sure where to begin.

Win 300K In Cash and Prizes


Bring Your Idea to Life

We want to provide you with the resources that will enable you to succeed. Craft your proposal, work with incredible mentors, and compete for prizes that will allow your work to make an impact long after the competition is over. 

You could win up to $500,000 in cash and prizes and receive invaluable support and recognition.

All GW students can compete! Yes, all!

  • Every type of idea is welcome
  • All 10 GW Schools
  • Undergrad and Graduate 


Pick Your Track: Tech, Social, or New Ventures

If You Have an Idea, We Have A Track For It. All Ideas Are Welcome.

GW NVC Tech Venture

Tech Venture

Tech Ventures have new proprietary technology, discovery, or innovation at their core. These ventures should have an intellectual property component and evidence that it will work in the real world.

See tech track teams examples. 


GW NVC Social Venture

Social Venture

Social Ventures offer a solution to a pressing social or environmental problem that drives change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.

See social venture track teams examples.

GW NVC New Venture

New Venture

New Ventures are commercial ventures including services, products, or businesses that take a unique approach to solving an opportunity in the market while driving substantial market impact. 

See new venture track teams examples.


Know the NVC Timeline and Your Journey to the Finals




(Top 100) 


(Top 36)


(Top 12)


Due: Feb. 2, 2022, at 1 pm

Top 100 Announcement:
NLT Feb. 6, 2022

Due: Feb. 23, 2022, at 1 pm

Top 36 Announcement:
Mar. 2, 2022

March 30, 2022 

Top 12 Announcement: Mar. 31, 2022

April 13, 2022

  • Submit an application that includes:
  • Meet with your assigned Mentor in Residence (MIR)
  • Attend the suggested workshops and trainings
  • Prepare 10 min live pitch
    • With visuals (slide deck) 
  • Set up a meeting with a mentor/coach
  • Top 12 teams 
  • Practice your pitch
  • Develop a 2 minute video to be eligible for the Viewer's Choice Award.
  • See who wins at the Finals on April 14, 2022

Register to attend the Finals ceremony here and the after-party here.  

  • Feedback from judges
  • Participate in an "Only at GW" experience
  • All GW teams receive a $50 off voucher for a SEED SPOT training.
  • Be in the top 100
  • Top 100 recognition honors
  • Feedback from expert professionals/judges 
  • Access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Activate credits
  • Be a Semi-Finalist
  • Ability to win any category prize
  • Live feedback from judges 
  • Semifinal recognition
  • Pitch coaching 
  • Be a Finalist
  • 1st place/per track wins $10,000
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th place/per track win $5,000, $3,500, and $2,500
  • Compete for the $5K Viewer's Choice Award
  • Finalist recognition

Next Steps

This competition is a journey. In order to give you the best and most rewarding experience, we outlined three steps that will help you get to the finish line. 

Eligibility checkmark


Don’t be surprised by our eligibility requirements. The competition is open to all GW students, graduate and undergraduate from all schools, and you do not need any previous business experience to apply.

Check Specialty Prizes

Pick Your Specialty Prizes 

Check out our specialty prizes and win money to propel your idea forward. Each of the category specialty prizes ranges from $5K-$10K each and is awarded to dozens of teams, not just the winners.