Rules and Goals


  1. Competition is open to all Villanova students. VSEC teams can include students from other institutions, but they are not allowed to present/compete in the VSEC.
  2. One person can enter the competition but we recommend that your team be comprised of 2-5 students with a maximum of 8 students.
  3. Any idea submitted to the competition must be a unique and original idea. Sub-rules include:
    1. No idea can have any external funding from any agency, company, etc., regardless of whether the company or agency is for profit, non-profit, government or otherwise. No exceptions.
    2. Self- funded businesses are allowed to compete.
    3. Any idea that is a derivative of ongoing research at the university must be different from the proposed research of the faculty member for which the students work (or different from the students own work if funding is grant, fellowship or scholarship-based). Any idea found to be similar to a faculty member’s work which is funded will be disqualified from the competition. All conflicts of this nature will be handled on a case-to-case basis.
      1. A supplemental form (form S-1) must be filled out BEFORE abstracts are posted and sent to if the work is a derivation of a faculty member’s research and approved by the VSEC/Beyond Ideas Committee.
    4. Senior projects are allowed.
  4. All deadlines must be met by the date and times listed in the Timeline/Due Dates section. All submissions after the final deadline will be disqualified, regardless of round or circumstance. If you begin your submission but do not complete by the deadline date/time, the system will not accept it. The system cannot accept submissions after the deadline date. No exceptions will be made for deadlines.
  5. No contact with internal or external judges can be made through the entirety of the competition. Any contact with judges about the competition will be considered a violation of ethics and the team will be disqualified from the competition.
  6. All submissions must adhere to the limits provided. For instance, no video pitch can be over 2 minutes. However, you may go under these limits. This applies to the final presentation as well.
  7. Student(s) must be present for the final presentation and networking reception on Thursday, April 20th.
  8. The team must abide by the Villanova University Code of Ethics. Any team found in violation of this code will be disqualified from the competition.


II Luscri, Executive Director, ICE Institute

Prizes, prizes, prizes!

  • Memorable Care First Place Prize  - $5,000
  • Burke Family Second Place Prize – $3,000
  • Uncommon Individual Foundation Third Place Prize - $2,000 
  • “VUer’s Choice” Prize - $500, Awarded to the team with the best video submission as voted by the Villanova community
  • Halloran Social Venture Prize - $500, Recognizes the top social venture in the VSEC
  • Klingler Unitas Prize - $500, Recognizes the team that makes the greatest strides towards incorporating Villanova’s core value of Unitas through a cross-campus perspective in their mission and/or venture implementation plan

Note: Teams can place in the top 3 and still win categorical prizes for the opportunity to win more prize money.