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.


Friday, October 21, 2022 - Submissions are due by 12:00PM Eastern Time (HIGH NOON)
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - Finalists are announced 
Top 8 Finalists Videos Due: 11:59PM EST on Sunday, November 6, 2022
Week of Nov 7, 2022 - Final Presentations by Track:

  • Consumer/Business-to-Business Track Competition: November 10th at 4:30PM (Eastern Time) at the Darden School of Business in Classroom 180/190 (iLab Classroom). RSVP here to attend!

  • Social Entrepreneurship Track - November 10th at 5PM in the Great Hall of Garrett Hall
  • Engineering and Healthcare Technologies Track - November 10th at 5:15PM in Rice Hall Auditorium, Room 130 
  • UVA Wise Track Competition - TBD

The Concept Competition for the 2022-2023 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.

For more information about the Concept Competition, follow the links below: