The Next Great Startup College competitions returns Fall 2018! The College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) is hosting its second annual competition to determine the next great startup or research idea in their college. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and faculty members on an entrepreneurial or research ideas and potentially win funding to help move your idea forward.

The Next Great Startup is a multi-round startup competition where student-led teams have the opportunity to gain feedback from leaders in the community, expand their network, and win prizes. The winner of the CPHHS college competition will be automatically admitted to the draft stage of the campus-wide Next Great Startup Competition in winter term 2019. 



Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting Oregon State university program in the CPHHS and in good academic standing. Teams must be led by an undergraduate or graduate student, or postdoctoral scholar in CPHHS to compete for the CPHHS competition. This person will serve as the lead for the team throughout the college competition and must attend the public events to represent the team. Students may choose anyone else to be on their team, including faculty, community members, and students from other academic colleges to best assist their startup.

Applications must be submitted by a student (undergraduate, graduate, or post doc) currently enrolled at Oregon State University with CPHHS and are due no later than October 19th. We will review these after the deadline and inform all applicants of their application status within the week. 

  • Application: Lead student submits a brief application overviewing the research or startup idea. delivers a 3-minute presentation and judges ask questions for two minutes.
  • Select teams are invited to participant in the CPHHS competition. There will be a mentoring session to help teams prepare for the pitch.
  • The Pitch: Lead student delivers a 3-minute presentation to a panel of judges and answers questions for two minutes. Judges will determine final placement and the winner of the competition.
  • Prizes are awarded to the lead student only. First place will progress to the campus-wide competition in winter term. Any other prizes tba by the Information Session.


Key Dates


October 24: Applicants notified of their status.

November 2: Mentoring session to prepare competing teams. These sessions are not mandatory but it is strongly recommended selected teams attend one.

November 15 (6:00-7:00 PM)*: The Pitch event for selected teams to compete for the title of CPHHS's Next Great Startup. 




Next Great Startup 02/09/17 - FUEL Jen Ventrella


Jennifer Ventrella of FUEL (now Collaborative Sense) pitched their company concept in the Draft back last winter term 2017.