Schedule and Key Dates

Most other business schools and graduate entrepreneurship programs host a single day or weekend business plan competition as their New Venture Challenge. The NVC at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is different. It is not just a competition. Instead, it is a year-long business launch program that is recognized as the #1 university accelerator program in the nation. It features three distinct phases:

Phase I: Idea Generation, Business Idea Validation, Team Formation, and Application
Phase II: Course - Mentoring, Critical Feedback & Business Plan Development
Phase III: Final Pitches

2017-2018 KEY DATES:

October 24: NVC Kickoff
January 9: How to Write a Feasibility Summary Presentation and Quick Pitch

January 23: Meet Up/Team Up and Pitch Event

February 1: Phase I - Feasibility Summaries Due

February 22: Phase II teams announced

February 28: Mandatory Phase II Orientation
Spring Quarter: NVC classroom portion begins for Phase II teams
May 30: NVC Finals