Pilot Venture Challenge

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


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 Challenge continues next year on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Point of Contact: Kay Molkentin, molkenti@up.edu

Other Important Dates

Other Important 2022 PVC Dates


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/Social Track Submission Checklist, PVC Invention Track Judges Rubric and PVC For-Profit/Social Judges Rubric.

Students/teams wishing to compete must register here by April 1, 2022.

Cash Prizes & Other Opportunities

·         In Each Category

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

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.

 See the Pilot Venture Guidelines for additional deadlines.


Previous Results

Results of Pilot Venture Challenge 2020