Cozad New Venture Competition 2011


Deadline to submit Intent to Compete form 


Competition Organizer

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign's Technology Entrepreneur Center, Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible

All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to compete for the award regardless of college, department, or major.  Students must be enrolled full-time at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the academic year in which the award will be presented.

Important Dates

The Competition Kickoff event takes place on November 10, 2010. Intent to Compete forms are due by January 21, 2011. Semi-finals and Finals take place on April 1&2, 2011, followed by an awards ceremony.

Competition Prizes

In total, an estimated $75,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded to the winning teams and finalists.  Prizes will be given out to:

  • Most Fundable Venture (Grand Prize)
  • Best Elevator Pitch
  • Best Green/Clean Tech Venture
  • Best Social/Non-Profit Venture
  • Best Consumer Product
  • Best Bootstrapped Venture
Other Info

Finalists and winners will have the opportunity to meet with venture capitalists, early stage investors and successful entrepreneurs who will serve as judges for the finals round.