About the Shocker New Venture Competition:

Entering its 15th year, the competition is hosted and organized by the Center for Entrepreneurship.  This three round competition inspires students from across the state and from a variety of majors, to put entrepreneurial principles into practice.  It brings with it seasoned business owners, successful entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and demanding faculty members providing invaluable feedback along the way; it will continue to do so in the springs to come.


Funding comes from corporate sponsors and individual donors. Contact Nancy Kersenbrock for more information on becoming a sponsor.

Competition Rounds

business model video
The first round of the competition will consist of each team submitting (along with their application) a 3-minute video pitching their business model.
trade show

The Trade Show is noted as the most exciting round of the competition. Teams are encouraged to set up intricate displays and pitch the team's business concept to judges. The judges will be comprised of two sectors: student judges and business leaders.

The Trade Show will be open to judges and the public April 22, 2022 3:00 - 6:00 PM.

finals auditorium

The Final Round is open to viewing by all competition participants, judges, faculty, students, and the public. Each team will have 8 minutes to present and 8 minutes for Q&A from the judges panel. 

The Finals will be held April 29, 2022 1:00 - 4:00 PM, and the Awards Presentation will be between 5:00 - 6:00 PM.


competitors seated together during finals


By participating in this competition, students with product ideas they wish to bring into the business world have the opportunity to win up to $10,000 to make their aspirations a reality.

Rules and Guidelines General Competition Info Help Available
judges deliberating


A combination of student and community judges make this competition happen. Community judges assist throughout the competition, and student judges fulfill their role during the Trade Show.

Community Judges are hand selected based on their expertise.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Shocker New Venture Competition

SNVC 2021 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Shocker New Venture Competition.

  • First Place: Bar C Innovations won $8,500 +$1,500 GoCreate Membership.
  • 2nd Place: The Real Estimate won $2,000. 
  • 3rd Place: Kermode Solutions won $1,000.
  • People's Choice: Bar C Innovations won $500.
  • Health & Innovation Award: Alalia Technologies won $2,500.


Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

                                      Gold Sponsors:    IMA financial group Intrust Bank                                   

               Silver Sponsors: Network Kansas   Riverside Health Foundation         

            Bronze Sponsor:   Jeff and Kelley DeGraffenreid  Go create          


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