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Seed competition

Do you have a great idea and want to launch? Are you a current USC student, faculty or staff or recent graduate? Then you should participate in the New Venture Seed Competition. Whether you have just an idea or are ready to launch, the New Venture Seed Competition with its $85,000 in prize money will help your idea become a reality. To learn more and to apply for the program, simply click here.

Congratulations to the 2020 New Venture Seed Competition Winners!

The 2020 Greif Center New Venture Seed Competition drew more than 225 teams from across the university. Prizes this year included multiple cash awards adding up to $85,000 and free legal and business services from our supporting organizations

The Greif Center gave awards to PocketCFO, Mydas, ArtificeVR, Rize, and The Middle.

Seed competition Do you have a great idea and want to launch? Are you a current USC student, faculty or staff or recent graduate? Then you should participate in the New Venture Seed Competition.

Online Seedstars World Competition 2020/21

The largest startup competition in emerging markets

Why join the competition?

Online Seedstars World Competition 2020/21

From June to November each year, the Seedstars team looks for the most promising early-stage startups from 90+ emerging markets that will receive intensive training on how to be investment-ready. They will take part in local, regional, and global stage competitions, but only one of them will be crowned as the Global Winner and receive a prize of up to USD 500,000 in equity investment. Who will it be this year?

How It Works

Step 1: June – August 2020

Fully online, startups can apply from any part of their country to the nearest competition in their ecosystem. One winner per country will be to participate in the Regional Stage.

All accepted startups will receive:

Online Seedstars Academy

Access to Seedstars Mentor Network

Local Networking & Visibility

Step 2: November – December 2020

Local Stage winners will compete on a regional level in a broadcasted pitch competition on Seedstars Life. Finalists will be selected based on their startup strength and scalability and will move on to the Grand Finale.

Regional Stage benefits:

Investment Readiness Training

1-1 Mentor & Investor Meetings

Regional Networking & Visibility

Step 3: April 2021

Will bring together the winners of all five regional stages for in-depth entrepreneurial training and the opportunity to compete for the title of Global Winner and the prize of up to $500,000 USD in equity investment.

Grand Finale benefits:

2-day Growth Bootcamp

1-1 Mentor & Investor meetings

Global Networking & Visibility

If your startup is looking to learn from industry experts, network with the local ecosystem, achieve product/market fit and accelerate growth in your existing market, apply now to the Local Stage of the Online Seedstars World Competition 2020/21.

Selection Criteria

  1. You already have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and initial traction.
  2. Your startup received less than USD 1,000,000 in funding
  3. You must have operations or be incorporated in the country/city you are applying.

Having the biggest positive impact in emerging markets is our mission and purpose as a company.