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.


Congratulations to HALO HOLDS for winning first place in 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.


Check back for more information regarding next year's competition! College Competitions typically run in fall with the main competition application opening in late fall term and closing 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 all the teams for their hard work! 

The 2019 NGSU Finalist Placementss 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

1/30 - The Draft | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm | OWEN HALL 103

2/13 - The Semis | 5:30 pm | OWEN HALL 103

2/27 - The Final | 5:30 pm | C&E Hall, LaSells Stewart Center