New Venture Seed Competition

Welcome to the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ New Venture Seed Competition. 

All USC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to apply. All applicants will have the opportunity to attend workshops where they will be guided to refine their business concept leading to their presentation including presentation slides (“pitch deck”) for the semi-final judging round. No business plan required.

Competition Link:

2018 New Venture Seed Competition Schedule

Information Sessions:

  • January 31 -  12 pm / JFF 414
  • Feburary 7 -  6 pm / HOH 114 - Change of Location 
    • Session 1: 6 pm-7 pm
    • Session 2: 7 pm-8 pm

 Submission Deadline

  • February 9 - Applications due by 11:59 pm

Mandatory Training Session

  • February 20 - 8 pm / HOH Edison

Quarter-Final Pitches

  • February 28 - 6 pm / JKP 301

Semi-Final Pitches

  • April 14 - 9 am - 2 pm / University Club, Scriptorium Room

Final Pitches

  • April 18 - 6 pm / RTCC Ballroom

Winners Announced

  • April 26 at the Marcia Israel Awards Banquet / Town & Gown


Congratulations to the 2017 New Venture Seed Competition Winners!

The 2017 Greif Center New Venture Seed Competition drew 200 teams from across the university. Prizes this year included multiple cash awards up to $75,000 and free legal and business services from our supporting organizations.

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: WeSolv, Drops, HonestFi, E-Colosseum, Swift Engine and Beauty Chemistry.

The top prize of $30,000 went to Stella Ashaolu of WeSolv, which is revolutionizing corporate hiring through project-based assignments and unique access to traditionally underrepresented members of the workforce. 

Watch WeSolv's winning pitch below:















2017 NVSC winner WeSolv


2017 NVSC finalist Drops


2017 NVSC finalist E-Colosseum


2017 NVSC finalist HonestFi


2017 NVSC finalist Swift Engine


2017 NVSC finalist Beauty Chemistry