Utah Venture Capital Case Competition
4 Educational Workshops Taught by Venture Capitalists
Pitch Competition Judged by Esteemed Investors
Teams mentored by venture capitalists
Network with other driven Students from across Utah
2nd & 3rd Place:
$2,500 & $1,000
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.
How the Competition Works
Kick-Off Event on October 5th
The competition kicks off on October 5th. 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 9th to sign up.
Participants will learn how to think and invest 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.
We will select 5 teams based on 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.
The top 5 teams will be paired with an experienced private investor from a local fund 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.
Semifinal Pitch Competition on November 17th
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 an esteemed panel of partners and principals from investment funds around Utah.
Final Pitch Competition on December 1st
The winning team from Utah will go on to compete in the final round against the winning teams from the San Diego and Atlanta competitions. Teams will pitch their investment and supporting due diligence to a panel of esteemed venture capitalists. The winning team will receive $4,000. Second and third place teams will receive $2,500 and $1,000, respectively.
October 5th, 2022
Topics: intro to venture capital, competition overview and rules
October 12th, 2022
Topics: deal sourcing
October 19th, 2022
Topics: business strategy, market analysis, competition
October 26th, 2022
Topics: terms, management, financials, valuation, returns
October 14, 2020
What is Venture Capital?
Deal Sourcing Part I
Workshop I: Deal Sourcing
October 21, 2020
Deal Sourcing Part II
Thematic Vs Opportunistic Approaches
Workshop II: Due Diligence I
October 28, 2020
Workshop III: Due Diligence II
November 4, 2020
Kristie's ExperienceKristie 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 ExperienceBracken 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.”
Kick-off Event and Venture Capital: October 5 from 7-9 p.m.
Deal Sourcing Training: October 12 from 7-9 p.m.
Due Diligence, Part I Training: October 19 from 7-9 p.m.
Due Diligence, Part II Training: October 26 from 7-9 p.m.
Regional Semifinals: November 17 from 5-7 p.m.
National Final: December 1 from 3-5 p.m.
Team Registration Deadline: October 12 at 11:59 p.m.
Top 3 Companies Submission Deadline: October 21
Investment Pitch Deck Deadline: November 4 at noon
Semifinalist Teams Announced: November 8
Semifinal Presentation Submission Deadline: November 15
Final Presentation Submission Deadline: November 30