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New Venture Competition kicks off fifth year

Contact: CMU News

As the New Venture Competition at Central Michigan University kicks off its fifth year, more than $75,000 in startup capital will be awarded to student entrepreneurs.

The competition begins next week and culminates with competition day on March 27, 2015. The first event, NVC StartUP, will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Ideation Boot Camp will follow from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Both events are held in Grawn Hall 150 and are offered at no charge. Students from all majors, as well as faculty, are encouraged to attend to learn more about the competition.

A series of twelve workshops will be offered, giving competitors the opportunity to learn from and work directly with experts.

“This competition brings startup opportunities to students in all disciplines,” said Deb Zellner, executive director of the Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship. “Professionals in many fields of study can benefit from having entrepreneurial and business knowledge.”

Since its inception four years ago, the New Venture Competition has provided knowledge and monetary assistance to more than 280 aspiring entrepreneurs from CMU and Michigan Technological University.

The New Venture Competition, led by the College of Business Administration’s Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship, is a forum for learning, identifying, nurturing, and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs and their businesses while supporting students in the process of creating and evaluating new business and social impact ventures. Startup capital and in-kind services are awarded to student business ventures each year.

The New Venture Competition was named the 2013 Educational Program of the Year by Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association. Learn more about the competition and key dates at the competition's Web page.

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