Ideas that incorporate Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability values.
Ideas that provide value to our communities.
Ideas that say
The new annual SOU Business Venture Tournament is an opportunity for students to win up to $3,000 in award money by developing the best idea for a new start-up venture or business proposal. Other prizes include 2nd place $700, 3rd place $250, and most sustainable venture award $500.
All SOU students are eligible to participate in the tournament. The competition is open to all undergraduate degree programs at Southern Oregon University. Entry forms should be submitted by the deadline of March 15, 2024.
The Business Venture Tournament encourages students to Think Big and pursue dreams that may someday change the world. The mandatory Venture Workshop uses the student’s venture idea to educate students about the business aspects of any venture. The idea can be from a capstone, project, or other source.
Participants gain free hands-on experience with idea proof-of-concept, market research, venture promotion, and presentation skills while preparing for the competition.
The Tournament deliverables mirror real-world steps that new start-ups do when seeking venture capital. The unique experience is fun and winning will result in start-up money for venture ideas backed with solid planning.
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Winter Term 2024
Students consider ideas that may come from capstones or projects and submit the entry form by March 15, 2024.
Supportive courses are discussed with advisor or Tournament Master.
Participants begin training for the competition in the mandatory Tournament Workshop in Moodle starting March 2024.
Students attend tutorials and receive training for the Tournament projects. The 1-minute pitch, business venture plan, and 10-minute formal presentation begin development.
Spring Term 2024
Participants complete the 1-minute pitch and begin a marketing campaign for student votes that count for 20% of the competition scoring. The business venture plan and 10-minute formal presentation are finalized.
Final Competition and Gala Event on May 23, 2024
Five Division Winners Compete for the Award.
Judges and Audience
Benefactors Present Award Money to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Sustainability Winners.
All students enrolled at SOU in the academic year 2023-2024 are eligible to participate. Venture start-up ideas do not require full development for entry. The workshop will help students develop the idea during Winter and Spring terms with guidance for each Tournament project.
Note: The Tournament does not substitute for program degree graduation requirements.
Participants must submit three projects for judging:
The Tournament Workshop provides free resources and training to all contestants. The mandatory free Tournament Workshop begins sessions in March 2024 until the final competition in May 2024. Students may also choose to take SOU catalog courses to supplement or add skills for a competitive edge. The mandatory Workshop, tutorials, and other free resources help students understand how to develop each project.
All interested students are encouraged to start early by taking courses and training to obtain a competitive advantage in the Tournament. Visit with your advisor and/or Tournament Master to discuss a course schedule that meets your goals.
The Business Venture Tournament includes all academic programs from all Southern Oregon University Divisions. All faculty and staff are invited to visit the link below to learn how to support students and volunteer as mentors and guides.
Enter Your New Venture Startup Idea to Win up to $3,000.
Time to the Entry Form Deadline