Team members will be asked to sign a statement that they have read and understood the contents of the following Rule Book. Please read through it carefully since we've recently implemented many changes. Let TEC staff know if you have any questions.

2022 Cozad Rule Book

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Cozad Rule Highlights

The Cozad New Venture Challenge is open to all currently enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Illinois), regardless of department or major.  Teams must comprise least 50% of students of any educational institution, at least 2/3 of whom must be students of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (at least 33% of the founding team must consist of students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Non-students may be members of the management team and participate in planning the venture, but only students of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign may present the venture and answer questions from the judges in all rounds and must be present for virtual sessions.

All teams who register, as well as submit all mandatory deliverables and meet all attendance requirements, have the opportunity to compete in the finals event in the spring. Judging rounds leading up to the Finals day do not eliminate teams from the competition. Failure to meet the requirements of the competition will result in removal from the competition. 

University of Illinois Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) Documents