The Next Great Startup is OSU’s multi-round competition for students-led teams looking to turn a startup idea into a real company.

This is a campus-wide opportunity for startup ventures to get visibility, bragging rights, prizes and direct one-on-one mentorship with venture capitalists and local entrepreneurs.

Mentorship, money and visibility are all on the line, however; the real prize is walking away with an actual company.


Key Dates

Applications Due: January 16th 2018 by noon

Auditions: January 17th,18th, 19th 2018, time to be scheduled, Advantage Accelerator Office

The Draft: January 30th 2018, 5-8pm, Stirek Auditorium

The Semis: February 13th 2018, 5:30-7pm, Stirek Auditorium

The Final: February 27th 2018, 5:30-7pm, Stirek Auditorium


It's not another pitch competition...

We are looking for student-led startup teams with the greatest potential to build sustainable businesses. The Next Great Startup competition makes real entrepreneurs in real time by providing teams with direct access to mentors and coaches, with proper guidance to reach important entrepreneurial milestones. Students who advance in the competition receive additional funding while competing live in front of a large audience who could be early adopters.