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Dempsey Startup Competition 2022

Dempsey Startup Competition 2022

Fully Funded
Country: USA
Apr 14 - May 26, 2022
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The Dempsey Startup Competition provides a real-world experience for student entrepreneurs, promoting student ideas and new venture creation to the entrepreneurial community.

Participating in the Dempsey Startup gives students practice in the dynamics of venture creation by developing an idea, putting together a founding team, writing a business plan, and presenting to investors.

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  • Top-level professionals from the community will mentor you.
  • Work with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Prepare yourself for an impact career.
  • Win prizes worth up to $25,000.

Judging Criteria

  1. Overall Impression of the Executive Summary
  2. Management team
  3. Market opportunity
  4. Competitive strategy
  5. Go to market strategy
  6. Traction
  7. Financials
  8. Social Responsibility

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  • Teams entering must have at least one full-time or part-time student on the team who is enrolled in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university in the Cascadia Corridor – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia, as well as Alaska.
  • The competition entry must be developed during the student’s tenure at the college or university.
  • All submissions must live up to the higher ideals of the University of Washington. The team’s idea must be appropriate for a university-sponsored event.
  • If the team or company entering the competition is revenue positive, actual annual revenue cannot exceed $500k.
  • Eligible students can form a team with non-students, but for the sake of this competition, non-students will be considered advisors.
  • Moreover, students must have an ownership stake in the business or the potential for equity or employment.

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Dempsey Startup Application Site OpensMarch 4
Screening RoundApril 7–12
Announcement of the 36 teams advancing to the live Investment Round April 12
Investment Round Resource Night April 14
Startup Financials WorkshopApril 19
Pitch Workshop April 28
Office Hours with MentorsWeek of April 25
Investment Round (top 36): Tradeshow-style event.May 5
Coaching Round (top 16)May 18
Sweet Sixteen (top 16)May 26
Final Round (top 4)May 26
Awards CeremonyMay 26



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards Entrepreneurship Events
Event Date14 April,2022 to 26 May,2022
Deadline04 April,2022
Open toundergrads and grad students
OrganizerBuerk Center for Entrepreneurship
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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