2021 PRIZE AWARDS
First Place | $6000
Second Place | $4500
Third Place | $1500
Up to Seven other finalists | $500 each
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 ABC Television's Shark Tank), Open Source Classroom, BizzBaits, and First Hand Museum.
WHO SHOULD ENTER
Any student with a developed 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) 438-2994 . We will be happy to answer any questions.
PLEASE SEE STARTUP SHOWCASE GUIDELINES PAGE TO ENTER