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2020-21 Startup Challenge & Startup Showcase Timeline

Fall Semester

Work on your venture idea and build your team.

  • Find resources using our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Map
  • Take an entrepreneurship class – MGMT 230/801 or Wharton’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Specialization on Coursera
    • You can audit an individual class on Coursera without subscribing or starting a free trial. After creating a Coursera account, search for the course you want to audit (ex. “Entrepreneurship 1: Developing the Opportunity”). Select that course, select Enroll, and then select “Audit the course” at the bottom of the enrollment page.
  • Apply to VIP-C (Venture Initiation Program-Community) to have access to co-working community sessions, group advising, and workshops with practical advice for how to found and build a company
  • Make an appointment with an Expert in Residence – Subject matter experts in law, tech, design, PR, communications, or research (market size, customer segmentation), and Entrepreneurs in Residence

Monday, December 7, 2020 (12:00 am Eastern)

Startup Challenge applications open.

Sunday, January 24, 2021 (11:59 pm Eastern)

Deadline to complete your Startup Challenge application.

Late January 2021

Application screening – Faculty and staff of Venture Lab will screen applications to determine which will be sent to the judges for review. Applications that are incomplete, do not adequately provide the required information, or are too early to answer the application questions will not be sent to the judges for review. The decision of Venture Lab is final.

Early to Mid-February 2021

Judge review period.

Late February 2021

Semifinalists (top 25) announced

Friday, April 23, 2021

Semifinals are held, and the top 8 teams are selected to advance to the Finals.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Finals are held, and prize winners are selected at the Startup Showcase, the capstone event for the Startup Challenge!

Questions? Email Cathy Ogur.