With a cross-discipline focus that engages undergraduates from majors across campus, The Department of Entrepreneurship employs a practice-based, immersive approach to entrepreneurial education that requires students to apply knowledge they accumulate in the classroom through specific curricular and co-curricular programs that require practice. The New Venture capstone takes a practice-based, immersive approach, providing undergraduates with “hands-on” experience at starting a company.
Students form small teams of 3-4 founders to launch a startup that:
This process takes place over a 14-week period. At the conclusion of each semester, startup teams pitch their startup ideas to more than 50 judges in a format modeled after a typical startup accelerator demo day.
Held bi-annually at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, the $25,000 RedHawk Venture Pitch Competition provides student-founders completing our RedHawk Launch Accelerator Program as well as our Startup Launch and Technology Commercialization courses an opportunity to pitch startups to angel investors, venture capitalists, and accelerator directors in a Demo Day-style format. In 2018-2019, one hundred and twenty-eight angel investors, VCs, accelerator directors, and ecosystem builders from 12 states across the U.S. participated in RedHawk Venture Pitch Competitions held at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, including California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington D.C. across the nation served as judges.
In 2020, the competition was named as one of the Top 20 University Entrepreneurship Competitions by the Times of Entrepreneurship.
Over the past four years, more than 550 students have pitched 120+ startups to hundreds of investors, accelerator directors, and ecosystem builders. Five student-led startups have landed spots in technology accelerators—OROS Apparel (The Brandery) and Devoo (OCEAN Accelerator) in Cincinnati, Nomful (DreamIt Ventures) in Baltimore, Apex Sports (UpTech) in Covington, and Swivel Ventures (Queen City Fintech) in Charlotte. Collectively, startups that have participated in the Miami University Startup Pitch Competition have raised more than $12M in seed and early-stage funding.
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