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What Would $20,000 Do For Your Venture?

By March 20, 2019General

If you are (or know) a degree-seeking college student in Kansas or Missouri who has an idea for a product or business they want to launch, the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is hosting its signature student startup competition, the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge (RVCC).

The RVCC is a business plan and pitch competition for new student ventures. Applications are open to university students in Missouri and Kansas and current Entrepreneurship Scholars. RVCC is a two-day business plan and speed pitch competition promoting entrepreneurship and accelerating the growth of Kansas City start-ups.

This year the RVCC will take place on May 2 and 3 and features $75,000 in cash prizes for the top competitors with $20,000 awarded to the first place winner.  Students from all levels and disciplines are encouraged to apply. “The Regnier Venture Creation Challenge has become one of the signature events not just for the Bloch School, but for Kansas City’s entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Tony Mendes, associate director of the Institute. “The Challenge is a great opportunity for students and fledgling entrepreneurs to gain experience, develop mentoring relationships and earn some vital seed capital.”

The key dates for this year’s RVCC are:

  •         By April 5 – register to participate
  •         By April 18 – submit final application materials
  •         By April 25 – teams notified of application status
  •         May 2 and 3 – competition days

Blue KC Healthcare Innovation Prize will award first and second place prizes to an individual or team who submits a healthcare-related venture that inspires change in the space and meets the needs of the people that matter most: patients. “Providing affordable access to health care and improving the health of patients is at the heart of the Blue KC mission and why we are passionate about supporting next generation innovators and entrepreneurs who are committed to finding solutions that improve patient outcomes,” said Jason Spacek, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Blue KC.

Interested students can learn more by visiting tinyurl.com/rvcc2019 and questions can be directed to entrepreneurship@umkc.edu

 

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