The New Venture Championship (NVC) is the original six-round venture competition for graduate students. Now celebrating its 27th year, NVC was founded by the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business to help graduate students make their business plans a reality. MBA students are invited to register to gather and compete in Portland, Oregon for cash awards and to gain recognition amongst angel investors to get their business off the ground.

This is the moment when scholastic experience transfers to real-world opportunities. Students receive feedback from world class business professionals to help turn their business plan into a successful venture.

Mission: NVC promotes the development of skilled and knowledgeable entrepreneurial leaders who will successfully confront the ever-changing business environment with creative and innovative solutions.

Competitors: MBA students from the top business programs worldwide are invited to compete. Previously, teams have come from all over the U.S. as well as far away as Hong Kong and Thailand.

Welcome to the 2018 New Venture Championship - Team Registration

Please review the NVC competing venture team eligibility rules to be sure your graduate team meets the criteria for competing in NVC and review the specific submission requirements for the Qualifying Executive Summary.

Once you have completed your team registration and submitted a Qualifying Executive Summary, you can expect the following:
  1. Qualifying Round (February 20 - March 14, 2018) All registrants who meet the submission criteria and provide a QR Executive Summary by 11:59 PM PST, February 19, 2018 will compete in the online Qualifying Round.
  2. Semifinalist Round in Portland, Oregon (April 19-21, 2018) Semifinalist teams will be selected from the Qualifying Round and invited to participate in the NVC semifinal round. All QR teams will be notified by March 20, 2018 regarding placement. Teams advancing to the semifinals will be required to submit additional documents including a business plan and a 1 page written "pitch" utilizing Palo Alto Software's "Live Plan" software.
If you have any questions, please contact Amy Fortuna at: or 541-346-3420 Thank you for your interest in the 2018 New Venture Championship.