Apply here by January 20 to win cash prizes at the 2021 ACC InVenture Prize

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Previous campus ACC InVenture Prize winners Quinn King ’20 and Alec Gillinder ‘20, VPA School of Design alumni and co-founders of MedUX. They went on to win second place and a $10,000 prize in the ACC finals. Since graduating, their company is actively raising investment and launching commercially.  They will be featured in this year’s televised show.

Applications close on January 20, 2021 for the Syracuse University Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize.  The “shark tank” competition is open to student startup teams from the 15 colleges and universities in the ACC Academic Consortium.  Student teams can apply here and submit a one-page executive summary of a venture idea to participate in Syracuse University’s campus qualifier, which will be held virtually on January 29, 2021. The winner of that competition will receive a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by M&T Bank and will go on to participate in the televised virtual finals and compete for more than $30,000 in prizes.

The competition is open to undergraduate students who have received their degree within the past year and who are the original creators, inventors or owners of the intellectual property underlying their invention. The ACC InVenture Prize is the nation’s largest undergraduate student innovation competition.

“I believe that in the modern era, anyone can start a scalable, high-growth company and every metropolitan area should have a thriving startup community,” said M&T Bank Regional President Allen Naples. “By helping Syracuse University host the InVenture Prize Challenge, we’re investing in the exceptional creativity and ingenuity of our students and doubling down on our efforts to build our entrepreneurial community into one that generates jobs and prosperity for generations to come.”

For questions, coaching, or helping with pitch competition, reach out to the LaunchPad.