New Venture Championship
Founded in 1991, the New Venture Championship (NVC) has become one of the top graduate investment competitions in the world. This is largely a result of its focus as a student learning experience and its guaranteed interaction with multiple panels of judges in a professional format. NVC is an unmatched experience for any graduate student team pursuing a start-up venture.
Presented by the University of Oregon’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, NVC offers more than $70,000 in cash prizes and attracts schools from across the nation and around the world. Each team formally presents their venture plan to an esteemed panel of judges that includes venture capitalists, seasoned business executives, and experienced entrepreneurs. Presentations are followed by a hard-hitting question-and-answer session. In an afternoon private session, each team receives extensive feedback from the judges' panel, a key element of the New Venture Championship learning model.
At the end of day three, there will be only one New Venture Champion. Each finals round team will be pushed to perform at the highest level possible. The ultimate decision on the NVC Champion comes down to the final round judges.
External Business Plan Competitions
Oregon MBA students also have ample opportunities to participate in business plan competitions throughout the United States and internationally based on the competitive strength of a new venture concept and management team. The business plan competition circuit has grown to a level such that successful teams can win upwards of $100,000 in cash awards.
Because of the tremendous experiential learning opportunities afforded students by participation in business plan competitions, the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship provides active support to Oregon MBA student ventures with a traveling faculty advisor and coverage of entry fees and travel expenses, while winnings are retained by the successful competing team.
Examples of business plan competitions in which students regularly have the chance to participate include:
- University of Texas-Austin Venture Labs Investment Competition
- University of Manitoba Stuart Clark Venture Challenge
- Hong Kong University of Science & Technology International Business Plan Competition
- University of Louisville Cardinal Challenge
Finance and securities analysis MBA students have numerous opportunities to compete and participate in case competitions, gaining valuable case analysis and problem solving skills and experience. A sample of these include:
- Hewlett-Packard and the college's finance department cosponsor an annual MBA case competition in financial analysis.
- The Chartered Financial Analysts' Global Research Investment Challenge was hosted by the Cameron Center for Finance and Securities Analysis at the University of Oregon's Portland campus.
- National Investment Banking Competition in which the most accomplished and dynamic students distinguish themselves and attain international recognition from their peers and senior industry professionals. Competitors use and develop skills in financial analysis, modeling, and pitching—all of which are essential to a successful career in investment banking.