2017 UIC Startup Challenge

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The UIC Startup Challenge is UIC’s Startup Competition, where students explore possibilities to create impact in the community by creating innovative business ideas.  The Challenge provides workshops and mentoring to empower entrepreneurs to conceptualize and communicate their ideas in the real world.


It’s almost here!

The 2017 UIC Startup Challenge will take place on Monday, April 10, 2017!  We can’t wait to see you at this exciting live pitch event.  Come join us to cheer on and celebrate with our UIC Startup Challenge teams – they have worked hard to prepare their pitches and are ready to pitch their ideas to you!

Winning Teams at the 2016 UIC Startup Challenge

You can RSVP for this year’s event at http://go.uic.edu/UICStartupChallenge.  See you there!


APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The deadline to apply for the 2017 UIC Startup Challenge is now Friday, March 10, 2017.  To apply, join our Blackboard Group and submit your executive summary and team registration form before 11:59pm on Friday, March 10.

Blackboard Group for the UIC Startup Challenge
To make sure you stay up to date on all things related to this year’s UIC Startup Challenge, make sure to join our Blackboard Group!  The Blackboard Group is where you will ultimately apply for the 2017 UIC Startup Challenge, and we will be posting important information and updates there leading up to the application deadline as well.  To join, follow these simple steps:
1) Log in to Blackboard and on the homepage, click on the catalog tab;
2) Search for “UIC Startup” in the course search textbox;
3) Click on the link to the course ID next to “UIC Startup Challenge” (instructor name: Dawn Birkland) and register to enroll.  From there, you will be able to submit the documents needed for the UIC Startup Challenge.

If you have any questions about joining Blackboard, please contact Dawn at birkland@uic.edu.


PITCH NINJA Workshop!

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Save the date for the Pitch Ninja Workshop, presented by Mike Moyer – author of Pitch Ninja and The Slicing Pie Handbook.

This workshop is mandatory for all UIC Startup Challenge semifinalists, but it is also open to the entire UIC Community!  We encourage you to tell your classmates, teammates, and friends about this incredible opportunity to get expert advice on how to deliver a winning pitch and presentation.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
4:30-6:00pm
Douglas Hall room 320
RSVP: http://go.uic.edu/PitchNinja

About Mike Moyer (from http://www.mikemoyer.com):

Mike MoyerMoyer-Headshot is the author of eight books that provide structured advice to people who want to solve specific problems like splitting equity in their startup company or delivering an awesome sales pitch. He mostly writes and speaks about business and entrepreneurship.

In addition to writing and speaking, Mike is the founder of Lake Shark Ventures, LLC where he invests in early-stage ventures and provides consulting focused on management and revenue generation.

Mike has been an entrepreneur who has started a number of companies including Bananagraphics, a product development and merchandising company, Moondog, an outdoor clothing manufacturing company; Vicarious Communication, Inc, a marketing technology company for the medical industry; Cappex.com, a site that helps students find the right college. In addition to his experience as an entrepreneur he has held a number of senior-level marketing positions with companies that sell everything from vacuum cleaners to financial data services to motor home chassis to luxury wine.

He teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Northwestern University. Mike is the author of Slicing Pie, Pitch NinjaHow to Make Colleges Want YouCollege Peas, and Trade Show Samurai. He has an MS in integrated marketing from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Lake Forest, Illinois with his wife, three kids, and the Lizards of Oz.


Important Dates

UIC Startup Applications Due – Friday, March 10, 2017

UIC Startup Challenge Live Pitch Competition! – Monday, April 10, 2017

Past Events

Information Session
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
11:45am-1:00pm
SCE room 302

Information Session
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
4:45pm-6:00pm
SCE room 302

UIC Startup Sprint
Saturday, September 17, 2016
8:30am-noon
SCE room 713

Team Mixer & Workshop #1
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office (815 W. Van Buren, Suite 400)

Idea Generation Workshop
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office

Marketing Workshop
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office

Idea Generation Workshop
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office

Team Mixer & Workshop
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office

Marketing Workshop
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office

Finance Workshop
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office

Executive Summary Workshop
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office

Power Session Friday
Friday, February 24, 2017
4:00pm-9:00pm
IES Office

Executive Summary Advising
Monday, February 27, 2017
4:30pm-6:00pm
IES Office

 

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