Baylor’s Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise Opens Applications for 2022 New Venture Competition

September 21, 2021

Baylor University's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise has opened applications for the 11th annual Baylor New Venture Competition.

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by Lexi Nitishin, student news writer, Baylor University Media and Public Relations

WACO, Texas (Sept. 21, 2021) – Baylor University's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise has opened applications for the 11th annual Baylor New Venture Competition (BNVC), a two-day business plan and elevator pitch competition for collegiate entrepreneurs across the world.

This year's BNVC will be an in-person event. Applications must be submitted through the Baylor New Venture Competition website by Nov. 1 to be considered. The competition will be held March 24-26 at Baylor's Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation in Waco, Texas.

As applicants cycle through multiple rounds and receive feedback, the first deliverable is a two-page executive summary. The Top 50 then submit a 10-page business plan and the Top 10 finalists compete for over $250,000 in cash and vital resources to grow their business. Each finalist team is paired with an experienced mentor and given opportunities for pitch coaching.

“We offer expert feedback, valuable mentorship and pitch coaching to increase the probability of success among the ventures,” said Priscilla James, program manager for the Center. “Year after year, we are impressed by the caliber of teams that apply and subsequent accomplishments.”

Collegiate teams represent a variety of fields, from innovative advances in medical sciences and technology to engineering and recycling. This opportunity provides a chance to gain experience with business professionals and foster an environment conducive to business growth. Several BNVC finalists have had additional successes beyond the BNVC. Most notably, four finalists including Orai, the 2018 second place winner, and Nanodropper, a 2019 top 10 finalist, were named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30.

James said the goal of the competition is to encourage and empower the student teams toward profitable and sustainable ventures. This year, finalists can expect an opportunity to receive in-person feedback and mentorship during the competition.

“We look forward to have the capability to have an in-person event. While we hosted a successful 2021 virtual competition, we know an in-person event has its own advantages. It will be a delight to interact with attendees and other like-minded individuals face to face,” James said.

For more information and the full competition schedule, visit the Baylor New Venture Competition website.


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