The following rules are binding throughout the entire duration of the Shocker New Venture Competition (SNVC). Participating in the SNVC indicates that teams accept these rules and regulations and agree to abide by them. The Center for Entrepreneurship and the SNVC staff reserve the right to disqualify any team and/or team member they believe are not abiding by the rules of the SNVC.
The Shocker New Venture Competition honors the confidentiality of all participants’ business concepts and plans. Business concepts, abstracts and plans will not be released for any purposes other than use in the SNVC. The judges also recognize the sensitivity of the materials being presented.
Due to the nature of the competition, we are not able to ask judges, reviewers, staff, or other audience members to agree to sign nondisclosure statements. However the Shocker New Venture Competition staff makes every effort to limit the distribution of business plans to only the invited judges of the competition.
Teams will be judged based on their ability to succinctly encapsulate their business concept through a market analysis, a clear value proposition, and a sustainable competitive advantage. The SNVC staff requests that all judges provide constructive feedback, strengths, weaknesses & recommendations, on the videos, 10 page business plan, and during the Trade Show. Their feedback provides teams the opportunity to further develop, grow, and advance their new venture concept.
Start-up capital in the form of cash and in-kind services, will be awarded to the winning teams, aiding in the launch of new ventures.
Contestants should strive for ideas that will produce revenue and/or investments to employ at least three people within a year and many more over time.
Ask yourself and your partners:
Your entry should answer these questions:
Team: A team consists of one 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 2018 spring semester at a Kansas college or university. December 2017 graduates are also eligible. Contact information must be provided for each team member. There is a field on the application where additional team members may be listed. These members will not participate visibly in the Trade Show or Finals. Winning teams will have checks mailed to the primary contact's designated mailing address.
Primary Contact: Each team must designate a primary contact. That primary contact must be enrolled as a student taking at least six credit hours during the spring 2018 semester at a Kansas college or university. The official competition email is SNVC@wichita.edu. It is the primary contact's responsibility to communicate with other members of the team.
Faculty Advisor: Each team must have a faculty adviser with an .edu email address. For a team to be officially registered, the faculty member will be required to confirm their participation.
Payment of Awards: The Wichita State University Foundation will issue checks in the full amount of the award. Tax payments on the awards will become the responsibility of those receiving the checks.
Application & 3 Minute Video
Applications & Videos may be submitted by selecting the "Apply Now" button the SNVC website. snvc@Wichita.edu Each team will be required to set up a team page as part of the application process.
The primary contacts will be notified when their application and video have been accepted.
Faculty Advisors are welcome to sponsor multiple teams in the competition. Faculty Advisors must be employed by a Kansas college or university and have an .edu email address.
Judges will select up to 32 teams to enter into the competition. Primary contacts and faculty advisors of teams advancing will be informed via email by Wednesday, March 15.
Screening Round 1: Ten-Page Business Plan
Business Plan due
Your team's plan should answer these questions:
Teams will be granted access to Palo Alto business plan software on Wednesday, March 15. The software provides more than 500 sample business plans, easy financial forecasting, funding tools and a variety of business management strategies. Students will have access to the software free of charge for three months. There will be an informational session on how to use the software on Friday, March 17, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Innovation Hub, Devlin Hall.
Judges will select up to 16 teams to continue to the Trade Show. Primary contacts and faculty advisors of teams selected will be informed via email by Tuesday, April 10.
Teams advancing to the Trade Show will need to email a one page abstract and their company logo HERE by 5 P.M., Sunday, April 15.
Trade Show at Charles Koch Arena
The Trade Show will be held in the Concourse of Charles Koch Arena on the WSU campus, at 21st and Hillside. Teams will need to return to Koch Arena no later than 1 P.M. to prepare for judging beginning at 2 P.M.
Student judging will take place from 2-3 P.M. The team with the most student "investments" will be awarded the People's Choice Award on Friday, April 27. The People's Choice Award recipient will be notified following the Trade Show.
Judges and the public may visit the Trade Show exhibits from 3 - 6 P.M. Teams may set up exhibits beginning at 10 A.M. Each team will have an assigned spot on the concourse with a 6 x 2.5 foot table and access to an electrical outlet. Teams may also create backdrops for their tables. Teams are responsible for supplying the materials needed for their exhibit.
Teams should present a visual representation of their ideas and be prepared to brief judges and other onlookers. That will involve repeatedly offering pitches about your business idea and responding to questions and comments. Teams are expected to come prepared with thorough knowledge of their business model, and we strongly recommend bringing business cards for networking purposes.
Trade Show Pitch:
Each of the following questions is addressed in the LivePlan PITCH feature. Select the "Pitch" tab to get started.
During the Trade Show round, teams and judges are to adhere to the following rules:
Judges will select six teams advancing to Finals. Primary contacts and faculty advisors of teams advancing will be informed via email by Friday, April 20.
The six teams will be assigned a presentation time by blind draw.
Starting at 1:00 P.M. teams will begin giving their business pitch, treating the judges as potential investors. The following format will be used:
The 8 minutes of Q&A is for judges' questions and feedback. A slide presentation and/or demonstration is required. There will be a projector and screen available.
At the conclusion of the final presentations around 4:00 p.m., there will be a public reception in the lobby of Devlin Hall to honor all contestants, judges and sponsors in the 2018 Shocker New Venture Competition.
Once judges have reached their decisions, awards will be announced, approximately 5:00 p.m. Winners will be announced for first, second, and third place.