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
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:
$1,000 & $500
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.