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New Venture Competition 2017

Finals 2017!SOM Grad Banquet 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hosted by the School of Management Center for 2016 New Venture Competition
, the Cal Lutheran New Venture Competition (NVC) is an opportunity for students to experience the challenge of launching a start-up business. Student teams have been working very hard on their business ideas for months, with the support of Cal Lutheran faculty and mentors from the community.

In the NVC Finals, five selected teams will give presentations on the merits of their business opportunities. A panel of distinguished judges will ask questions, give feedback, and award cash prizes to each team. Audience members will vote for a special people's choice award. Join us for what is becoming a Cal Lutheran tradition and a launchpad for many successful start-up's.

Announcing the New Venture Competition Finalist Teams

New Venture Competition finalist teams are selected from: 1) students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses, 2) the Cal Lutheran Student Entrepreneurship Club, and 3) students who have pursued their own startup ideas independently. The teams are selected by the faculty of the Center Entrepreneurship. This year's finalists are:

  • Barter - Social networking
  • ChorStor - Chore management for parents and children
  • HypoxAware - Alerts airplane pilots to in-flight health issues
  • SoleFit - Prevents foot injuries
  • Startup Kids - Entrepreneurship education for primary school students

All of the teams have invested much time and effort in their startup ideas. Please join us this Thursday to see them compete for cash and in-kind prizes. We'll also feature a pitch from a student team from Westlake Elementary, and an update from last year's NVC winner Coding Autism. While the judges are deliberating, we'll be serving Urbane Cafefor dinner. All guests will also have a voice in selecting the People's Choice Award winner!

Registration is free but required so we can get a food count.



4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Student team presentations
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Judges deliberation and people's choice voting. 
Complimentary Urbane Cafe and beverages will be served at this time.
7:00 pm: Award announcements

Watch highlights of last year's event 



We can proudly report that RepWatch, 2016 NVC 2nd Place winner, a start-up that was conceived at the Hub101 and founded by students Robert Kyler and John Ikudaisi as well as alumna Alexis Schomer, and Coding Autism, a start-up founded by alumnus and winner of our own 2016 NVC, Oliver Thorne, have both made it to the semi-finals at the "Innovation Open" national competition where the winner takes home over $100,000. 


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