BIG EAST Startup Challenge


Each year, the most promising student venture team from each BIG EAST Conference school pitches to judges for prizes and tickets to a Big East Basketball game!

Each Startup Challenge team is comprised of currently enrolled undergraduate students at one of the 11 BIG EAST institutions. Teams will present their pitches to judges, who will rank them on a variety of factors including: idea/concept; market need; value proposition; feasibility; and passion and presentation. The top teams will receive an honorarium to be used to help grow their startup business.   

In 2023, the 11 teams will pitch virtually to a group of impressive judges on February 16th.  The top three teams will be invited to Mohegan Sun for the Womens' Big East Basketball Championship game on March 6th.  All expesenses will be paid. 

Apply to be Villanova's Big East Startup Challenge team!