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Apply HERE for the chance to pitch your new venture & receive seed funding!

Complete the online application using your phone, it takes 5 minutes

First, use your smartphone to record a short video using our recommended “script.” 

Then submit using the link above.

How does the selection process work?

A panel of staff from the Apex Center will evaluate and rank all the ideas submitted online based on predetermined evaluation criteria.

The student teams with the highest ranking ideas will be asked to attend the KickStart VT LivePitch Finals Event. 

How does the $ award process work?

Using the presentation template, selected student teams will give a five-minute pitch followed by a three-minute judge/audience Q&A. Using the same evaluation criteria, a panel of judges will decide how much money will be awarded to further your innovative idea (up to $1000).

View the full eligibility & evaluation criteria

Please note: the KickStart VT program and $ awards are restricted to current Virginia Tech students.  All applicants are required to submit a valid Hokie Passport number in order to be considered.

Additionally, we are unable to fund the following ideas or ventures:

  • Travel
  • One-time events and promotional events
  • The purchase, rent and renovation of office/business space
  • Companies already earning revenue
  • Equipment that is not the core of the business (e.g., cell phones, laptops, etc.)
  • Salaries

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