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The Burgess New Venture Challenge showcases Michigan State University’s top student entrepreneurial talent.

As Spartans, we are committed to the greater good—and the Burgess New Venture Challenge is a part of that commitment. This competition harnesses the entrepreneurial mindset, providing students with the opportunity to bring their big ideas and innovative solutions in front of a larger audience. Offering mentorship, connections with successful and emerging entrepreneurial alums, and the opportunity to build key relationships with investors from across the ecosystem, the Burgess New Venture Challenge is experiential learning at its finest.

Burgess New Venture Challenge awards the winning teams in tranches based on milestones and in the form of scholarships that are refunded to the students as long as they do not have any outstanding balances (tuition, tickets, etc.) with the University. All semifinalist teams are eligible for resources and support from the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

How to Apply

The Burgess New Venture Challenge will use rules & guidelines for submissions set out by the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. For complete information on Eligibility Rules and Submission Requirements, please read the Competition Rules.

If you have any questions on eligibility, please contact Aubrey Haase, haaseaub@msu.edu.

Application Process:

Teams chosen for the competition will need to provide a completed business plan a week prior to the competition.

Important Dates & Deadlines:

Applications Open: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021

Finalists Notified: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Finalists Announced: Monday, February 22, 2021

Competition: Thursday, April 1, 2021