E-Cup: Concept

  • The University of Virginia Entrepreneurship Cup, also known as the E-Cup, is an annual competition that seeks to enrich the area’s entrepreneurial community by encouraging new ventures with the potential to address unmet needs, solve social and economic problems, and do so in an interdisciplinary way. The E-Cup is open to all UVA undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

    The University of Virginia Entrepreneurship Cup for academic year 2015-2016 will consist of three different stages:

    Concept, Discovery and Launch! Each stage will have its own competition with varying judging criteria.

    The Concept Competition is the first stage in a three part series of annual competitions organized under the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup. $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded as part of the Concept Stage.

    The purpose of the Concept stage of the competition is to surface and seed ideas from all parts of the university at every stage of development. Students are encouraged to come up with out-of-the-box ideas that could be translated into compelling projects. Submissions are not expected to be a full business plan, and will not be penalized for not having a working prototype, fully developed team, forecast, revenues, etc.

    The Concept Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year will be organized according to five themed tracks: Health Care Services & Technologies; Social Entrepreneurship; Consumer or Business to Business; Applied Science or Engineering; and UVA Wise. Students are allowed to enter the Track of their choosing, but encouraged to enter the Track that seems most appropriate for their project.

    The top five projects in each of the five Tracks will be awarded $1,000 each, for a total of $25,000 in awards. Furthermore, these projects will be connected with additional resources and mentors in an effort to help take these student projects to the next stage.