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KickStart VT

Need feedback on an idea or new venture from seasoned entrepreneurs? 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 $500 equity-free seed grants.  It’s easy to get started! 

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 entrepreneurs in addition to a $500 equity-free grant.
    3. If selected: compete for an additional $250 Fan Favorite Award!  The audience selects the Fan Favorite winner by texting in votes in real time, so bring your teammates and friends!

Note: All teams selected to present at KickStart events receive a $500 equity-free grant.  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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