2018 New Venture Seed Competition Award Winners

Apeiron, Adoptomize, Plotfix, Lighthaus, A.O.I and Bridget take home prizes at the 2018 Marcia Israel Banquet.

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

Do you have a great idea and want to launch? Are you a current USC student, faculty or staff or recent graduate? Then you should participate in the New Venture Seed Competition. Whether you have just an idea or are ready to launch, the New Venture Seed Competition with its $85,000 in prize money will help your idea become a reality. To learn more and to apply for the program, simply click here.  

Congratulations to the 2018 New Venture Seed Competition Winners!

The 2018 Greif Center New Venture Seed Competition drew more than 250 teams from across the university. Prizes this year included multiple cash awards adding up to $85,000 and free legal and business services from our supporting organizations. Additionally, the Marcil Prize for Social Innovation, worth $10,000, was awarded to the team whose business concept showed the greatest promise to positively effect society.

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 $85,000 in prize money to the top six teams: Apeiron, Adoptimize, Plotfix, Lighthaus, Bridget and A.O.I. 

Bridget, which uses video creation to equip underserved teen girls to envision themselves in careers outside their immediate environments, was the inaugural recipient of the $10,000 Marcil Prize for Social Innovation as well as a $5000 NVSC award winner. Asha Lannin, Radin Rahimzadeh and and Eleni Polakoff have created a system that provides girls with a skill-building interaction with a professional woman at one of our partner corporations, and in turn, the girls report their insights and feedback by creating a corporate social responsibility commercial for that partner brand. 

 

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2017 NVSC winner WeSolv

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2017 NVSC finalist Drops

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2017 NVSC finalist E-Colosseum

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2017 NVSC finalist HonestFi

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2017 NVSC finalist Swift Engine

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2017 NVSC finalist Beauty Chemistry