Utah Venture Capital Case Competition

 

The Utah Venture Capital Case Competition gives students the opportunity to think and act like venture capitalists. Over 6 weeks, students will learn from experienced venture capitalists through 4 educational workshops and compete in teams of 2-4 people to find, analyze, and pitch investment opportunities. While only the top 5 teams will have the unique opportunity to pitch to our panel of esteemed VC judges, all participants are welcome to attend every educational workshop and network with students and venture capitalists along the way.

Due to COVID-19, all sessions will be held virtually.

Join us for the Final Event!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020  |  5PM – 7PM MST

Join us online at: Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 874 0883 8601
Passcode: 788895

 

Learn.

4 Educational Workshops Taught by Venture Capitalists

Pitch Competition Judged by Esteemed Investors

Network.

Teams mentored by venture capitalists

Network with other driven Students from across Utah

Win.

First Place:
$2,000

2nd & 3rd Place:
$1,000 & $500


Kristie’s Experience

Kristie Lam, 1st Place at the 2019 Utah Venture Capital Case Competition

“The competition was such a fantastic learning experience that offered insights into the VC world that would otherwise be difficult to gain elsewhere. It was one of the best things I’ve done in all the years of my academic career.”

Bracken’s Experience

Bracken Williams, Finalist at the 2019 Utah Venture Capital Case Competition

“The competition taught me more than I learned in an entire semester of school. The workshops taught me what it looks like to go through the entire deal sourcing and diligence process. My favorite part was meeting with our mentors at Album VC, who brought in real-world experience and helped us craft our pitch.”

How the Competition Works


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    Kick-Off Event on October 14

    The competition kicks off on October 14. We will cover how the competition works and then start training right away. Don’t have a team yet? Don’t worry! Our team will help connect you with others at the end of the meeting to ensure all interested individuals can participate in the competition. Teams will have until October 21 to sign up.

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    Workshops

    Participants will learn how to think and act like venture capitalists through 4 educational workshops. Everything from finding investment deals to performing due diligence to convincing your investment committee to support your investment will be covered. Workshops will take place at different universities around Utah. Logistics for each workshop will be sent out prior to each event to everyone signed up to receive competition emails.

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    Selection Process

    The top 5 teams will be selected by the quality of their deal sourcing and memo submissions. These 5 teams will have the unique opportunity to prepare a presentation and pitch their investment to our esteemed panel of VC judges. While only 5 teams will participate in the pitch competition, all participants are welcome to attend the 4 educational workshops and network with students and venture capitalists along the way.

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    Mentoring

    The top 5 teams will be partnered with an experienced private investor to mentor and support them through the final due diligence and presentation process. This unique opportunity is one of the best networking and learning experiences students can have throughout the competition. We highly encourage students to work diligently throughout the early processes of the competition to qualify for this special opportunity.

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    Pitch Competition on November 18

    After 7 weeks of learning, networking, and mentoring, the event will conclude with a pitch competition modeled after a venture capital fund’s investment committee meeting. Teams will pitch their investment and supporting due diligence to a panel of esteemed venture capitalists. The winning team will receive $2,000 and have dinner with the VC judges following the competition. Second and third place teams will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Kickoff Event

October 14, 2020

Topics:
Competition Details
What is Venture Capital?
Deal Sourcing Part I

Workshop I: Deal Sourcing

October 21, 2020

Topics:
Deal Sourcing Part II
Thematic Vs Opportunistic Approaches
Screening Checklist/Considerations

Workshop II: Due Diligence I

October 28, 2020

Topics:
Strategy
Market
Competition

Workshop III: Due Diligence II

November 4, 2020

Topics:
The Offering
Management
Financials
Returns

Competition Schedule

Kick-off Event and Venture Capital: October 14 from 6-8 p.m.

Deal Sourcing Training: October 21 from 6-8 p.m.

Due Diligence, Part I Training: October 28 from 6-8 p.m.

Due Diligence, Part II Training: November 4 from 6-8 p.m.

Pitch Competition: November 18 from 5-7 p.m.

Submission Deadlines

Team Registration Deadline:  October 21

Top 3 Companies Submission Deadline: October 30 at 11:59 p.m.

Investment Memorandum Deadline: November 7 at 11:59 p.m.

Final 5 Teams Announced and Connect with VC Mentors: November 9 at noon

Final Presentation Submission Deadline (Top 5 Teams Only): November 17 at 11:59 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Teams compete in groups of 2-4. If you don’t have a team yet, you should still sign up and we will help you find a team.
The best way to learn and gain a competitive edge in the competition is to attend each event in-person. If you cannot attend a workshop, you can watch a recording of the workshop on this website. For obvious reasons, the top 5 teams are required to attend the pitch competition.
Teams that advance on to the final stages of the competition are paired with a local investor to help them improve their due diligence and prepare for their final pitch.
Any full-time student enrolled at a higher education institution in Utah is eligible to participate. This includes both undergraduate and graduate students. Team members do not need to attend the same university.
Rather than send out a case study like many other competitions, we are teaching you to think and act like real venture capitalists. This means learning how to source your own deals, perform due diligence, and convince your investment committee to support your investment. Progression throughout the competition is determined by the quality of the three deliverables: sourced deals, investment memo, and investment pitch.
Each event will be virtually over Zoom and recorded and posted to this website. Instructions for each event will be sent via email. Sign up to receive these emails using the button towards the top of this web page.