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KickStart VT


Need feedback on an idea or new venture from seasoned tech professionals? How about seed money to get your idea off the ground?

About this program

KickStart VT events are for aspiring student entrepreneurs working on an early-stage concept. Come hear what other students are building, get feedback on your idea, and apply for equity-free seed $ grants ranging from $500- $1,500. It’s easy to get started! 

All students from all backgrounds, majors and academic colleges are welcome to apply.

Want to present at an upcoming KickStart event and get feedback + funding?  Simply complete these three steps:

    1. Apply online (you’ll be done in 5 minutes and can do it on your phone). A sub-set of entries will be selected by a group of judges from the Apex Center to present at an upcoming KickStart event.
    2. If selected: show up, present your concept and receive feedback from seasoned tech professionals in addition to an equity-free seed $ grant ranging from $500-$1,500.
    3. If selected: compete for $ awards as well as an additional Fan Favorite Award!  The event audience of students, faculty and community members select all winners by texting in votes in real time, so bring your teammates and friends!

Note: All teams selected to present at KickStart events receive an equity-free seed $ grant ranging from $500-$1,500.  This is not a pitch contest, it’s a milestone funding program to help teams progress.  Funds are awarded and managed by faculty from the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs at Virginia Tech.

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