Program Overview

University Venture Challenge launched in 2015 in partnership with ten state universities and 16 entrepreneurial competitions. The goal is to increase the number of student-led entrepreneurial ventures and to connect the most promising to the Launch Tennessee network of resources.

To be eligible to compete, companies must be a winner in a competition hosted by an approved University Partner.

Program Features

Launch Tennessee invites Tennessee universities to apply for the current year of the statewide UVC. As a UVC selected partner, winners may apply for Launch Tennessee’s statewide competition. The UVC partnership includes an opportunity for universities to apply for sponsorship of their entrepreneurial programs and competitions.

To be considered, click here to apply by Nov. 1, 2017

Program Details

To be a University Partner, you must host a competition with an entrepreneurial element that includes the potential for a student to create a viable business.

Launch Tennessee is offering up to $5,000 per competition in sponsorship funds to colleges and universities at one of three different tiers depending upon the competition structure. Click here to apply by Nov. 1, 2017.


UVC Partner Events

Important Links:

UVC Guidelines

Past Winners & Partners


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