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Shocker New Venture Competition

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Presented by the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship

Connecting students and community with ideas to industry and resources for 17 years.

Since 2007, the Shocker New Venture Competition has offered aspiring entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to gain real-world experience. It allows participants to pitch their startup ideas, refine their business strategies, and gain valuable insights into what it takes to launch a successful company. This prestigious competition is proudly hosted and organized by Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial endeavors.

How to Compete          Rules           Prepare to Compete         Student Judge          Volunteer          Sponsor

Nick Vasilescu posing with the giant check in the Champions Club of Koch Arena.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 competition!

First Place: $25,000
Testkey - TestKey introduces a rapid, accessible diagnostic test for Long COVID, filling a significant healthcare gap and paving the way for future advancements in disease detection.

Second Place: $7,000
MedX Innovations - CPR+U is an affordable, reliable, and readily accessible medical device that will increase CPR efficacy and improve patient survival rate by providing vocal, visual, and tactile feedback to the rescuer.

Third Place: $4,000
ColdPulse -
'Beat the Heat, Enhance Your Feet.' ColdPulse Orthotics actively cools your body during and after activity, enhancing performance.

People's Choice:   $500

It was an honor to be apart of the journey the teams of entrepreneurs took throughout the competition. We hope to be able to continue assisting them as they build their businesses!


Key Dates:


Mar. 4

Competition Applications Open

Mar. 28

12:00 PM (noon)

Applications & Business Model Video

Mar. 29

– April 1

Ongoing Business Model Judging

Apr. 5


Business Model Judging Results Announced

Apr. 11

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Meeting/Training for Trade Show Participation


April 26: New 1 Day Format

Join us at Koch Arena for a day filled with excitement and inspiration!

Student Entrepreneur pitching to judges at the Trade Show

Trade Show  |  10:30 - 1 P.M.

Step into the buzz of the Trade Show, where student entrepreneurs present their business ideas and prototypes. Cheer on your favorites as they pitch to judges and the public, aiming to be one of the 6 teams in the Finals!

Chase Curtiss

Lunch & Key Note  | 1 - 2 P.M.

Chase Curtiss is an innovative product designer, entrepreneur and start-up executive with expertise in growing startups and commercializing medical technology...
Meet the Speaker

Student entrepreneur standing in front of their pitch deck as they pitch at the Finals

Finals  |  2 - 4:30 P.M.

Witness the excitement of the Finals, where six teams deliver compelling pitches and tackle tough questions from expert judges. Stay for the reception and awards ceremony to find out who takes home the $25,000 grand prize!

Get involved today!


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Our Legacy

Past Winners

2024 Sponsors:

A big thank you to all our sponsors for the Shocker New Venture Competition, whose collective contributions across the premium, gold, silver, and bronze tiers create a platform where startup ideas flourish. Your support is integral to the success and impact of the Shocker New Venture Competition.

Become a sponsor today!

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