Registration for 2023 is now open!
Registration Deadline: Tues | Jan 31 | By 11:59pm


Who is eligible to participate? All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to compete for the award regardless of college, department, or major. Students must be enrolled full-time at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign during the academic year in which they are competing. All teams must include at least one full-time student in order to compete. Forming a team is not required; students may participate on their own.

What else should I know?

  • For full details of the official rules, guidelines, and judging criteria, see Cozad New Venture Challenge Rules.
  • You may wish to customize your startup idea to be eligible for certain category-specific prizes. For a details about prizes that were offered in Spring 2022, go to the Sponsors & Prizes tab and scroll down. Prizes may differ from year to year.