College New Venture Challenge

College New Venture Challenge

The College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) is the undergraduate track of the New Venture Challenge, recognized as one of the top startup accelerator programs in the nation.  Run by UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the CNVC is offered as a class in the Winter quarter. Students wishing to participate in the class must apply and meet all application requirements. The program is also supported by alumni volunteers, donors and outside sponsors.

Notable competitors from past CNVC competitions include Quevos, Fronen, Cubii, Sokowatch, and Meal Flour.


Create a viable business plan for a for-profit or non-profit startup enterprise that incorporates technology and has a positive financial or social impact. Do not have an idea but interested in joining a team? Students can attend workshops and networking events to find leadership opportunities on a team. Alumni mentors provide guidance and support to these students to allow them to develop their ideas into viable business plans. The finalist teams share $50,000 in prize money. Past winning teams have been featured in the New York Times and other media outlets. For more information, please visit the CNVC website.

If you are interested in supporting the competition as a judge, mentor, donor or sponsor please email your area of interest to Scott Metcalf at