The Next Great Startup is Oregon State University’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 2020 Campus-wide competition is coming up! Do you have what it takes?



Congratulations Fall 2019 Preliminary COMPETITION winners!

CPHHS - ShockMechanics

COB/COE - Brake Boys and Crutch'n It


Thank you to the judges, staff and students who contributed to making these prelimimary college level competitions a success! The winners are automatically admitted to the Winter 2020 campus-wide competition Draft Stage event set for January 29th.

To all the other great competitors from these prelimary competitions, we welcome and encourage you to apply for the campus-wide competition for the chance to continue on! 


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.

How it works...

Apply, the Audition, The Draft, The Semis, The Final


Apply to the main Next Great Startup competition by end of day January 16, 2020. 

Selected applicants will be asked to audition by pitching your business and answering a few questions on the direction of your startup idea. This is your time to show us why you deserve to be in the running, and why you think a successful advisor will want to choose you to mentor during the competition. 

If selected to move on from the auditions, you will compete in The Draft where four successful venture capitalists (VCs) will select students to become a part of their team. The teams the VC’s pick will be a direct reflection of their reputation too, so they will be picking teams or individuals they believe have true potential.

Drafted startups will work closely with their VC coach, the Advantage Accelerator staff and mentors to prepare for the Semis and the upcoming challenges that are designed to help you meet important milestones. After each round, teams will be eliminated through a process of deliberation by the judges until four have been chosen to compete in The Final. 

The winning startup will walk away with cash prizes and goods and services from lawyers to CPA firms to launch their venture. In last year's competition, over $20,000 in cash and services was awarded throughout the competition. In addition, the winning teams will be accepted into the OSU Advantage Accelerator program.

Still think you have what it takes?

Key Dates - Winter 2020

1/16 - Application closes end of day

1/21-1/22 - Auditions - individually scheduled

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

Congratulations to the Winter 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 hard work 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!

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!