New Venture Competition

The Center for Innovation and Community Impact (CICI) invites video pitches from Colburn students and alumni age 10 or older for our 7th annual New Venture Competition.

The New Venture Competition supports innovative products, projects, and ventures with grant prizes and mentorship from CICI staff. This year, the New Venture Competition will be fully online. Students and alumni can submit a venture idea or product through a video pitch up to 2 minutes in length. There will be two participant winners: a Competition Winner and an Audience Choice. The Audience Choice will be awarded to the participant receiving the most online public votes.

Previous winners include Brasstache, The Upnote Podcast, and Solar System Symphony.

Competition Winner
$1,000 grant awarded by Competition judging panel and a full year of mentorship support by the Center

Audience Choice Winner
$500 grant awarded by online public vote


Submit Your Video Pitch

The submission deadline is Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST.

Vote for the Audience Choice Winner

The Audience Choice vote has been canceled.

Vote for Audience Choice

To vote for the Audience Choice Winner, please click on the button above to go to the voting portal. Once you are at the New Venture Competition page, you will select the Gallery tab at the top of the page. This will then take you to all the submissions where you can then vote for your selection. You can vote daily until Monday, April 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST.



We highly recommend that participants complete the free online micro-course before recording and submitting your video pitch. The micro-course is provided to give strategies and tips to best present your pitch. It is not required to complete the micro-course to participate.

All submissions should include:

  • Name, discipline (violinist, dancer, etc.), division and graduation year (expected or actual)
  • Title and robust description of product/venture (What is it? Why is it needed? Who does it serve? When/where would it happen (ex. performance or event)? How will you develop and execute it?)
  • Description of how prize money would be used

Submissions can be individual or team projects.

We strongly encourage participants to pitch projects that would positively impact their community.

Pitches can be conceptual (product/project doesn’t exist yet), or can be seeking support to further develop existing endeavors.

Ideas should be innovative and/or addressing a timely issue.

Videos should be at least one minute and no more than two minutes in length.

Q&A Session

Please note that there will be a Q&A session on April 30 (date subject to change), for which all participants will be asked to be present for a 10-minute Zoom call to discuss their 2-minute pitch with the New Venture Competition judges.

Participants should be prepared to answer in-depth questions about your idea, including your target audience, distribution channels, and how you would spend the money should you win the competition.

Terms and Conditions

Read the full Terms and Conditions.