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 concluded February 26th. Congratulations to the winning team, identifi! 

Thank you to all the coaches, mentors, partners and sponsors who made the Next Great Startup 2020 competition a success! We appreciate your support and could not have made this event possible without you.


Next Great Startup - The Final Pitch | February 26 

Through several rounds of elimination, it was down to the final four to compete for the title of the Next Great Startup! Each team develivered a great pitch

The Final placements are....

  1. Identifi - Low-cost test strips for rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases. 
  2. Hazadapt -  mobile application to improve communication between civilians and emergency managers before, during, and after an emergency. 
  3. Hempress Hygenics - high-quality, natural menstrual products harnessing the benefits of hemp fiber.
  4. Crick-ITZ - Nutritious, high-protein snack crackers fortified with cricket powder

Each team received some prizes in the form of cash and legal services to support the development of their venture.

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


Selected student applicants audition by pitching their concept business and answering a few questions on the direction of their startup idea. 

If selected to move on from the auditions, student-will compete in The Draft where four successful venture capitalists (VCs) will select teams to coach. 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 teams will have one last chane

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

Key Dates - Winter 2020

1/29 - The Draft | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm | MU 104

2/12 - The Semis | 5:30 pm - 7:30 PM | MU 104

2/26 - The Final | 5:30 pm - 7:00 PM| CH2m HILL ALUMNI CENTER

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 were automatically admitted to the Winter 2020 campus-wide competition Draft Stage event.