Startup Showcase, a student business startup competition, is sponsored by the George R. and Martha Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Illinois State University. Any current ISU student may register to compete. The event is designed to link contestants to support resources and help them develop connections with potential investors, mentors, and the larger business community. Students will compete for prize packages of financial support for their start-up business. A few past winners include Packback (featured on Shark Tank), Open Source Classroom, BizzBaits, and First Hand Museum.
We welcome everyone to please join us at the showcase to support our students! If you plan to attend, please register as an attendee of the event using our registration link.
More information about this year's event will be coming soon .
Any student with a business idea should consider entering. It is not necessary to have a fully-developed business plan, just the ability to answer a few basic questions about your business idea. Prior to competition, all registered competitors will be briefed on how the competition works and will have the opportunity to practice their presentations. Aren’t sure where to start? Please contact us at (309) 438-2294 . We will be happy to answer any questions.
Disqualification. The Means Center reserves the right to disqualify, at its sole discretion, any individual or team for any reason. Reasons for disqualification may include, but are not limited to: plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, infringement or misappropriation of the intellectual property of others, failure to comply with competition rules and requirements, and violation of established laws and regulations.
Confidentiality. Startup Showcase is a public forum and as such, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any application or presentation material. No individual associated with the event will sign any non-disclosure agreement and no promises of any kind concerning confidentiality are made by the Means Center or Illinois State University.
No Guarantees . No guarantees of funding are expressed or implied. Neither the Means Center, Illinois State University, nor any person or group associated with this event make any claim as to the reliability of information presented by contestants or their representatives.
Use of Materials. The Means Center and Illinois State University may, at their sole discretion, use any materials submitted to the competition for publicity or for internal purposes. Application materials will not be returned to participants.
Presentation. The person/s making the competition presentation must be a full or part-time student currently enrolled in a degree program at Illinois State University.
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Members of the public, as well as non-participating students and faculty members, are welcome to attend the event. While there is no fee to attend, registration is required.