Pilot Venture Challenge 2021 – Virtual



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.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars as Pilots Venture Challege continues next year on Saturday, April 23, 2022


Students compete in two categories: Invention and For-Profit/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 Checklist, PVC For-Profit/Social Track Submission Checklist, PVC Invention Track Judges Rubric and PVC For-Profit/Social Judges Rubric.

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.


  • Innovation Category
    • 1stPlace: $1500.00
    • 2ndPlace: $750.00
  • For-Profit/Social Category
    • For-Profit 1stPlace: $1500.00 / Social 1st Place: $1500.00
    • For-Profit 2ndPlace: $750.00 / Social 2nd Place: $750.00
    • For-Profit 3rdPlace: $500.00 / Social 3rd Place: $500.00

 See the Pilot Venture Guidelines for additional deadlines.






Previous Results

Results of Pilot Venture Challenge 2020