2014 Shocker New Venture Competition

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New Year. New Name. New Venture.

» Register your team for the 2014 New Venture Competition 

The Shocker New Venture Competition created by the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship inspires Kansas students to put entrepreneurial principles into practice...to spark an idea, develop a plan, pitch to investors and launch a new venture. 

Students are encouraged to form teams of up to five members. At least one of the members must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student taking at least six credit hours in the 2014 spring semester at a Kansas college or university. December 2013 graduates are also eligible. Complete your Intent to Compete form now. 

Palo Alto Software, a sponsor of the Shocker New Venture Competition, will provide free access to LivePlan software, to the first 100 teams filing Intent to Compete forms. LivePlan provides a step-by-step process in the development of a business plan. The software offers templates for financial projections and the analysis of accounting information in real time. Additional reference guides for the business summary and 10 page business plan are also available to contestants. 

Each team must have a faculty advisor with an .edu email address. For your team to be officially registered, the faculty member must complete the Faculty Advisor form. Faculty Advisor's may serve as advisor to more than one team. The Faculty Advisor form must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 28.

The New Venture Competition offers more than $25,000 in prizes. In addition to general awards for excellence, the 2014 competition will include these new prizes: Technology Innovation Award, Healthcare Innovation Award and Director's Awards. Winners of special awards are also eligible for general awards.

The Competition stives to identify new ventures that will create value and energize the Kansas economy. Business professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors play a vital role as judges in identifying these new ventures. Judges evaluations are based on the strength of a team's value proposition and the probability of a successful launch.

» Learn how to participate as a judge in the competition


Faculty Advisor Registration

Intent to Compete

Judges Registration

Rules and Guidelines:

The link below contains detailed information on the rules and guidelines of the 2014 Shocker New Venture Competition.

2014 Shocker New Venture Competition Rules & Guidelines

Rules & Guidelines pdf


The reference guide below provides concise practical information to assist contestants in building a solid business summary and plan. Submit your business summary to cfe@wichita.edu

» Two-page Business Summary Reference Guide

» 10 page Business Summary Reference Guide

Timeline of Events:

Please print the timeline of events document that correlates with the round of the competition you will be participating in.

Student / Faculty Advisor: Timeline

Screening Round: Judges timeline

Trade Show: Judges timeline

Semi-final Round: Judges timeline


Please contact Tia Bodine, Coordinator of Operations and Student Services, by email at Tia.Bodine@wichita.edu or by phone at 316.978.3000.