Introducing the College Competition Preliminaries

In Fall 2017, the Next Great Startup introduced preliminary competitions for participating colleges to determine the next great startup or research idea in their field. The Next Great Startup is a campus-wide, 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. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and faculty members on an entrepreneurial or research idea and potentially win funding to help move your idea forward. The winner of each college competition was automatically admitted to The Draft stage of the main Next Great Startup Competition which took place in Winter 2018. 

Congratulations to the winning teams!

CPHHS: Limitless

Honors College: BunkMates

COB/COE: Multi-Cell and Chariot


Recapping NGSU 2017...

From twenty-seven applicant teams to the last team standing, the four finalists went through three rounds of business development and pitching over the course of three months to make it to the final stage. The first ever run of The Next Great Startup was made possible by our VC coaches, judges, and mentors, as well as the funding provided by our sponsors: Martin Tobias, Klarquist, OSU Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development, OSU Foundation, Ater Wynne, Stover Neyhart & Co., OSU College of Business, OSU Graduate School, OSU College of Engineering, and Oregon RAIN. Due to their generosity, competitors won over $30,000 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!


We are proud to announce the finishing order for The Next Great Startup 2017 Competition:

Fourth place: Sensiplicity Systems 

Third place: Rambuta Remote Sensing

Second place: Assure

First place: Gobtech


Video: The Final (3/9/2017)

Photos: NGSU Winter 2017 Photo Album