The Next Great Startup is OSU’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 and visibility are all on the line, however; the real prize is walking away with an actual company.

The third campus-wide NGSU competition starts this January!


Congratulations to the 2018 NGSU Winner:

From over twenty applicant teams to the last team standing, the four finalists went through three rounds of business development and pitching over the course of two months to make it to the final stage. The second 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, Lane Powell, 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 $70,000 in cash and in-kind services combined. Thank you to everyone who made this competition possible. Congratulations to all the teams for their hard work!

The 2018  NGSU Final Results

First Place: INTEA Kombucha

Second Place:

Third Place: Wellio

Fourth Place: SFB Technologies

We are very proud all the hard work these student-led teams put in throughout the course of the competition and hope 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.

Key Dates

1/17 - Application closes AT NOON

1/18 - Auditions by Appointment

1/22 - Auditions by Appointment

1/30 - The Draft | 5:30 pm

2/13 - The Semis | 5:30 pm

2/27 - The Final | 5:30 pm