Pilot Venture Challenge | University of Portland

Pilot Venture Challenge

University of Portland's premier business, social and invention competition!

Get Ready for Pilot Venture Challenge 2024 - Saturday, April 27th!
View the PVC Information Video in General Info Section



The Pilots Venture Challenge is a premier business, social enterprise and invention competition hosted by the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at the University of Portland. Underwritten by generous donors to the University, the competition promotes experiential education about entrepreneurship and new business development by focusing on student created, launched, and managed ventures. The spirit of this competition is that current UP undergraduate or graduate students both originate and lead the startup idea.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27, 2024 for this year's Pilots Venture Challenge
Point of Contact: Kay Molkentin, molkenti@up.edu

General PVC Info Meeting & Workshops
A General PVC Information Session (online) and several in-person workshops will be offered to help you prepare for participating in the Pilot Venture Challenge.  You must  REGISTER HERE for the General Informationn Meeting & any workshops sessions you want to attend to let us know you are coming, as space is limited. Once you register the Zoom link and workshop locations will be sent to you.
Feb. 21st, 5:00-6:00PM - PVC General Info Meeting (see video below)
Feb. 28th, 5:00-6:00PM - Developing Your Idea (in-person, location TBD)
Mar. 15th, 5:00-6:00PM - Prototypes & MVPS (in-person, location TBD)
Mar. 20th, 5:00-6:00PM - Business Plan & Presentation (in-person, location TBD

Important Dates:
Last Day to Register for ALL Tracks - March 28th by 5PM
For-Profit and/or Social Preliminary Rounds (if needed) - April 12th, Time TBD
Upload Business Plans ALL Tracks - April 19th by midnight
Upload ALL Tracks Presentation PowerPoints - April   24th by midnight
Pilot Venture Competition - April 27th, 8:00am-1:00PM
InventOR Bootcamp & Semifinals (Portland) - May 4th - 6th
InventOR Finals (Portland) - June 21st

PVC: The Categories
Students compete in three categories: IinventionFor-Profit and Social.  Please see the Pilots Venture Guidelines for more detailed information. To better help you to prepare your submission here are several checklists and rubrics you can download: PVC Invention Track Submission ChecklistPVC For-Profit Track Submission Checklist, PVC Social Track Submission Checklist, PVC Inventionon Track Judges Rubric, PVC For-Profit Judges Rubric, and PVC Social Judges Rubric.

Students/teams wishing to compete must REGISTER HERE by March 28, 2024. Once you register you will be given access to the Pilot Venture Moodle page, where you can find additional information and will upload your materials for the competition.

Cash Prizes In Each Category

  • 1stPlace: $1500.00
  • 2ndPlace: $750.00
  • 3rd Place: $500.00

Other Opportunities
Students competing in the Invention category will be considered to go on to represent the University of Portland at the InventOR – a state-wide collegiate prototyping competition.

Students competing in all categories and interested in continuing to advance their venture ideas and/or compete in other regional and national competitions can receive continued assistance through the Franz Center.


Previous Results

Results of Pilot Venture Challenge 2022

Results of Pilot Venture Challenge 2021

Results of Pilot Venture Challenge 2020