Concept Competition

Concept Competition

The Concept Competition is the first stage in a three part series of annual competitions organized under the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup. $20,000 in total prize money will be awarded as part of the Concept Stage.

The purpose of the Concept stage of the competition is to surface and seed ideas from all parts of the university at every stage of development.

Students are encouraged to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that could be translated into compelling projects. Submissions are not expected to be a full business plan, and will not be penalized for not having a working prototype, fully developed team, forecast, revenues, etc.


Submissions Due: Friday, October 27, 2023, at 12PM ET (High Noon)  
Online Reviewers Scores Due: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 (9AM ET) 
Finalists Announced: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 
Finalists Videos Due: Sunday, November 12, 2023 
Competition Date: Week of November 13, 2023
Final Presentations by Track:

  • Consumer/Business-to-Business Track Competition: Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 4:30PM in the i.Lab Classroom located at the UVA Darden School of Business

  • Social Entrepreneurship Track - Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM in the Great Hall inside Garrett Hall at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

  • Engineering and Healthcare Technologies Track - Tuesday, November 14, 2023 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM in the Rice Hall Auditorium.

  • UVA Wise Track Competition - TBD

The Concept Competition for the 2023-2024 academic year will be organized according to four themed tracks:

  • Engineering and Healthcare Technologies

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Consumer/Business-to-Business

  • UVA Wise (for students studying at the UVA College at Wise ONLY)

Students are allowed to enter the Track of their choosing, but encouraged to enter the Track that seems most appropriate for their project. The top five projects in each of the four Tracks will be awarded $1,000 each, for a total of $20,000 in awards.

Before applying, please review the links below to ensure eligibility. For eligibility and other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected]