The Next Great Startup is Oregon State Univeristy’s annual, multi-round competition for student-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, professional services and visibility are all on the line, however; the real prize is walking away with an actual company.

The FALL 2019 COLLEGE COMPETITIONS are coming up! The College of Business/College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and College of Public Health and Human Sciences all have competition dates announced.



The campus-wide 2020 competition application will open in late fall term and close early winter term.

Congratulations to the 2019 NGSU FINALISTS:

From over thirty applicant teams to the last team standing, the four finalists went through rounds of business development and pitching over the course of two months to make it to the final stage.

Congratulations to HALO HOLDS for winning first place in campus-wide NGSU 2019! Thank you to all the teams throughout the competition for their hardwork and to all the sponsors and partners who made this event possible.

The 2019 NGSU Finalist Placements are:

4. Brake Boys

3. Shore Right

2. PhoneShake

1. Halo Holds

We are very proud all the hard work these student-led teams put in throughout the course of the competition and are excited to see these concepts grow in the future!


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.


The third annual The Next Great Startup competition was made possible by our VC coaches, judges, and mentors, as well as the funding and services provided by our sponsors: Klarquist, Perkins Coie, Stoel Rives, OSU Advantage, OSU Foundation, Ater Wynne, Stover Neyhart Yee & Co., OSU College of Business, Amazon Web Services, Rogue Venture Partners and Christensen Law. Due to their generosity, competitors won over $20,000 in cash and in-kind services combined. Thank you to everyone who makes this competition possible!

Key Dates - Winter 2020
11/1 - Application opens
1/16 - Application closes end of day

1/29 - The Draft | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | TBA

2/12 - The Semis | 5:30 pm | TBA

2/26 - The Final | 5:30 pm | TBA