New Venture Competition

Starting in 2018, the New Venture Competition will be succeeded by the New Venture Fair. For information regarding the New Venture Fair go here.

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The New Venture Competition (NVC) is an opportunity for Cal Lutheran students to experience what it's like to present their startup ideas to prospective investors in competitive conditions. The NVC is open to all students minoring or concentrating in entrepreneurship, taking entrepreneurship classes, or working on their own startup ideas. In April, entrepreneurship faculty select the five student projects that have made the most progress toward creating a viable startup. During Cal Lutheran's Festival of Scholars week, those five teams deliver their investor pitches to a panel of judges, who award cash prizes to each team.

Starting in 2018, the New Venture Competition will be succeeded by a New Venture Fair (NVF), an expo-style event in which student entrepreneur teams pitch their startup ideas from booths that they design and staff. the public will be invited to the NVF and asked to evaluate each team's booth. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening.


We are making the change from NVC to NVF because it:

  • gives more students an opportunity to participate 
  • gives the community a chance to meet more student teams
  • is more in keeping with the theme of Festival of Scholars week.


We are not abandoning the pitch competition format. In fact, we are joining forces with other institutions in Ventura County to launch New Venture Ventura County (NVVC), a county-wide pitch competition for students from grade school to grad school. The five best-performing teams from the Cal Lutheran NVF will be invited to participate in NVVC the following weekend. The first NVVC will be on May 5, 2018. More details to follow.

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Below is a recap of NVC events in 2016 and 2017:


2017 New Venture Competition

2017 Awards:

Grand Prize:Weave (Austin Janik, Joshua Janik, Dominic Lunde)

First Place:ChorStor (Evan Brandt, Jake Gould)

2nd Place:HypoxAware (Tyler Gross, Ryan Gibson)

3rd Place:SoleFit (Molly Strawn, Machenzie Hiatt, Bhushan Parulekar, Sam Ott)

4th Place:Startup Kids (Tyler Lucas, Nathaniel Thompson, Dariush Apfelthaler, Zujaja Tehreem)

People's Choice Award: ChorStor

2016 New Venture Competition

 2016 Awards:

Grand Prize: Coding Autism (Oliver Thorton)

First Place: RepWatch (Ryan Angel, John Ikudaisi, Robert Kyler, Alexis Schomer)

2nd Place: Xchange (Jonathan Luu)

3rd Place: Jam In (Brianna Bryan, Josh Cardena, Parker Boone, Devin Dimattia, Nick Keithley, Omar Marroquin, Karly, Absher)

4th Place: SkyEarth (Matthew Kromka)

People's Choice Award: Xchange