Venture Competitions

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

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...

Marshall Women's Pitch Competition

The Marshall School of Business's MBA Women's Conference Pitch Competition provides a platform for women entrepreneurs to launch their business. All team members entering the competition must be women who are current students enrolled in any of Marshall's MBA programs. There are three prizes: 1st Place - $15,000, 2nd Place - $7,500, and 3rd Place - $2,500.

Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

Annual business plan competition open to Viterbi students and faculty. This competition intends to bridge the initial seeding deficiency hindering teams from translating ideas into products by offering a $50,000 grand prize.

Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

Annual competition that provides USC students (both undergraduates and graduates) with the opportunity to use innovations in engineering and technology to develop sustainable and effective solutions to global problems and to positively affect the greater global society. In particular, it aims to address the development of solutions to problems and challenges faced by underprivileged parts of our society or in underdeveloped countries worldwide. Up to $10,000 for customer discovery. Prizes for project implementation: First place: $15,000, second place: $10,000, third place: $5,000

Stevens Innovators Showcase

Annual innovation competition open to USC graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines. Team must be led by current USC student. Students may present work in a variety of ways. All participants are required to create a poster to present at the showcase. Prizes totaling $12,000.

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 to General (ret.) David Petraeus and investors.

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.