Submission Deadline01/07/2021


Most other universities host a single day or weekend business plan competition for their students interested in entrepreneurship. The ANVC is different. It is not just a competition. Instead, it is a multifaceted and interactive business launch program that features three distinct phases:

  • Phase I: Eligible University of Chicago alumni entrepreneurs will apply to the ANVC with a feasibility summary. They will select one of the participating regions to apply to. Regional alumni leads will select up to 10 companies to advance to Phase II of the ANVC, with support from the Polsky Center team.
  • Phase II:  Accepted companies will participate in local programming, mentorship, and feedback opportunities (resources will vary by region). Phase II companies will receive access to virtual resources from the Polsky Center. Phase II will conclude with a regional semifinals event, where top team(s) from each participating region will be selected to advance as finalists to Phase III. Each region will send at least one finalist team, based on the number of applicants.
  • Phase III: The program will culminate in a Finals event on Thursday, May 6, 2021, where finalist teams from each region will pitch in front of a world-class panel of investors and established entrepreneurs for a chance to win up to $100,000 in funding!

Application Deadline // Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Your team will need to create an account to submit the application. The application requires submission of basic details about the venture, an 5-page feasibility summary, team member resumes, and signatures from each team member to comply with the rules of the program. If you have any questions about the application process, please send them to

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