Student Startup Madness


Student Startup Madness (SSM) is a nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups, culminating with the “Entrepreneurial Eight” national finals at South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive.

SSM is open to college student digital media startups from colleges across the USA. Each round of the nationwide tournament builds momentum, awareness and social media buzz, drawing attention to colleges and universities as sources for innovation, entrepreneurship and talent while showcasing innovative university entrepreneurship programs and encouraging college students to start businesses.

From all online applications, 64 teams will be chosen by the SSM Selection Committee for the first round of competition.

From the 64 first-round competitors, half (32 teams) will advance to the semi-final regionals round. From the regionals will emerge the “Entrepreneurial Eight,” the top eight student teams that will be invited to pitch to a celebrity panel of well-known entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors at the Student Startup Madness national finals at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March 2017.

The University of Illinois is a Midwest regional host through the Technology Entrepreneur Center.

TEC promotes and facilitates the national student startup tournament, leading to the finals at South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas, in March. TEC promotes the tournament, as well as regional student entrepreneurship. We also serve as a focal point for attracting student startup teams from the Midwest region.

8 teams will make it to SXSW. Will yours be one of them?

Applications for Student Startup Madness (which takes place at SXSW) are open now. There are benefits to getting your application in early. All the competition and application information are in the press release at this link

If you have a digital media startup, you should apply here.