Startup Competition

About the Startup Competition

The NORCAT Innovation Mill Startup Competition (formerly the Entrepreneurship 101 Up-Start! Competition) is a business pitch competition open to participants in the Startup 101 lecture series. Individuals, or teams of individuals, must give a ten-minute presentation on an idea for a business.

The business must be one that they wish to implement or have already started. Entrants are expected to apply the concepts that they have learned from the course to their business idea and to make a compelling case that this will lead to a very successful business.

A prize of $5,000 will be awarded for the top business pitch presentation to be used towards starting or further scaling / growing his / her business.

Contestant Eligibility

  1. The individual presenting (or the designated head of the team) must be enrolled in Entrepreneurship 101 and have attended at least 20 out of 25 lectures of Startup 101, including webcasts and all in person lectures at NORCAT.
  2. Entrants must have received no more than $100,000 investment money as of January 31st, 2017.
  3. Entrants must have earned no more than $100,000 in cumulative revenue since their inception.
  4. Entrants must be able to present their pitch in person to the judges to qualify for the competition.
Partners and Sponsors

NORCAT is excited to be partnered with the following organizations that are supporting and sponsoring this competition:


Topper's PizzaKPMG


More information regarding the competition can be found on our website,