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MSU STARTUP SUMMIT 2020

Pitch to be named MSU's Top Startup and compete for more than $30,000 in cash prizes.

March 23-27, 2020   ■   Starkville, MS

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Welcome to Startup Summit 2020

The MSU Startup Summit 2020 returns as one of the Southeast's top student startup competitions, featuring five divisions and a grand finale, hosted by the university's Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach (MSU CEO).

The competition will see as many as 40 teams from nearly every college on campus compete for cash prizes totaling over $30,000 in seed funding! Business model pitches are evaluated on company technology, management, financials, and market by thirty industry-respected leaders serving as judges from companies all across the region.

The Dawg House

Colvard Student Union

March 23 - 27, 2020

04:30 PM - 07:30 PM

40+ Startup Teams

and entrepreneurs

Over $30,000

in prizes and seed money

Schedule

Join us for an exciting week of competition divisions, all leading to the BankTEL Grand Finale on Friday.

Time Activity Location
4:30 PM Opening Reception The Dawg House, Colvard Student Union
5:30 PM The Big Idea Competition The Dawg House, Colvard Student Union

Big Idea Competition

The Big Idea Competition inspires students to come up with ideas using an entrepreneurial approach to solve some of the world's toughest problems. Ideas can involve new technology or new applications of existing technology. Your idea must make an impact in one of the 21 Global Issues identified by the United Nations here: https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/global-issues-overview

First Prize: $1,000     2nd Prize: $500     3rd Prize: $250

Time Activity Location
5:30 PM Business Concept Competition The Dawg House, Colvard Student Union
7:15 PM New Product I Division Competition The Dawg House, Colvard Student Union

Business Concept Competition

The Business Concept Competition is an opportunity to pitch a raw business idea. Participating teams will typically have not begun any execution, and teams will be evaluated on the overall feasibility and potential of the idea.

First Prize: $1,000     2nd Prize: $500     3rd Prize: $250

New Product Division I Competition

This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division I includes teams who have not built a customer-ready prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be before ECAB.

Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

First Prize: $2,500     2nd Prize: $1,000     3rd Prize: $500

Time Activity Location
5:30 PM Best Brand Division Competition The Dawg House, Colvard Student Union
7:15 PM New Product II Division Competition The Dawg House, Colvard Student Union

Best Brand Division Competition

This division is for people who working on creating the next popular online brand. This brand needs to have a strong platform that will appeal to its target customer with evidence of what it will be selling.

Examples: new clothing brand, coffee brand, sports brand, etc.

First Prize: $2,500     2nd Prize: $1,000     3rd Prize: $500

New Product Division II Competition

This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division II includes teams who have built a customer-ready prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be after PREP and before ECAB.

Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

First Prize: $2,500     2nd Prize: $1,000     3rd Prize: $500

Time Activity Location
3:30 PM Guest Speaker TBD 3320 Old Main Academic Center
5:30 PM Brick and Mortar Division Competition The Dawg House, Colvard Student Union
7:15 PM New Product Division III Competition The Dawg House, Colvard Student Union

Guest Talk with Rodger Johnson, Retired CEO of Knology, Inc.

Join us as retired CEO of Knology, Inc, Rodger Johnson joins to share his story of taking a company from losing $20M/yr to a $1.5B exit with the Spring 2019 Jack Hatcher Entrepreneurship Seminar. You won't want to miss this story!

Brick and Mortar Division Competition

This division is for people who are working on a retail, service, or lifestyle company that will be brick and mortar.

Examples: new coffee shop, local boutique, repair service, etc.

First Prize: $2,500     2nd Prize: $1,000     3rd Prize: $500

New Product Division III Competition

This division is for entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize a new innovation-based product that can scale internationally. The Division III includes teams who have built a customer-ready prototype or if participating in VentureCatalyst, would generally be after ECAB.

Examples: signal searching drone, light-up ice cube, new video game, etc.

First Prize: $2,500     2nd Prize: $1,000     3rd Prize: $500

Time Activity Location
5:00 PM BankTEL Grand Finale Competition Turman Field House and M Club
6:00 PM Alumni Pitch Competition Turman Field House and M Club
7:00 PM Dinner & Awards Ceremony Turman Field House and M Club

Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us for food and beverages as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and the 10th anniversary of the E-Center.

Alumni Pitch Competition

This division is for Mississippi State alumni who are working on a new venture and would like to share that with the Entrepreneurship Center and our board members. This division will be an hour before our E-Center 10 Year Anniversary celebration.

First Prize: $1,000     2nd Prize: $500     3rd Prize: $250

BankTEL Grand Finale Competition

The BankTEL Grand Finale is composed of the winners of all 5 preceding competitions to name one startup to take home the grand prize!

First Prize: $5,000     2nd Prize: $2,500     3rd Prize: $1,000

Our Sponsors

BankTEL Industry Services Company, Inc. Reed Food Technology

March 23-27, 2020

Fowlkes Auditorium, Colvard Student Union,
Starkville, MS

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