Venture Competitions

Cash & Connections


Annual venture competitions offer student and alumni entrepreneurs more than $300,000 in prize money and, more importantly, access to investors and connectors to drive their ideas forward. The Greif Center hosts and supports various competitions and prizes, including:

New Venture Seed Competition                Beauty Chemistry pitches in the 2017 New Venture Seed Competition

Contestants refine pitches through workshops; finals are judged by venture capitalists, angel investors, and entrepreneurs. Hosted and funded by the Greif Center. Total prizes: $75,000. More Info...

Women in Business Competition

The USC Marshall Graduate Women in Business Competition invites teams of women MBA students to pitch new business ideas before a panel of experts. Total prizes: $40,000.

Stevens Innovator Showcase

Students from all disciplines showcase their businesses and prototypes during Trojan Family Weekend. The most promising concepts compete for cash awards. Total prizes: $25,000.

Maseeh Prize Competition (with USC Viterbi)

The focus is solving global problems in energy, health, education, safety, and the environment — and giving engineering students valuable business skills. Total prizes: $50,000.

The Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (with USC Viterbi)

USC students use innovative engineering and technology to develop sustainable, effective solutions to global problems. Total prizes: $50,000.

The Real Deal @USC (with USC Viterbi)

Spotlighting USC and L.A., and partially funded through USC’s National Science Foundation I-Corps grant, students make pitches Shark Tank-style for equity investments.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and the winners of the 2017 Mayor's Cup  Mayor’s Cup Civic Challenge

Students and faculty from all L.A. colleges compete to solve some of the City’s most pressing problems. Supported by The Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation and the Greif Center. Grand prize: $25,000.   


USC Team Drops presents in the 2017 New Venture Seed Competion finals

The 2017 Greif Center New Venture Seed Competition drew 200 teams from across the the university. Through a rigorous judging and coaching process, the six finalists pitched to a panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. At the year-end banquet, the Greif Center awarded $75,000 in prize money to the top six teams: WeSolve, Drops, HonestFi, E-Colosseum, Swift Engine and Beauty Chemistry.