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Applications for the 2023-2024 New Venture competition season are opening soon!

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The LU New Venture Competition(NVC)

The Learning Unlimited Foundation New Venture Competition(NVC) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and national competitions in hopes to qualify for the NVC Global Finals. NVC supports student entrepreneurs who require much-needed mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success.

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2023 Competition Season

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NVC | Call To Enter For 2023!
Are you a #studentpreneur looking for an opportunity to accelerate your success? Compete, learn, grow and unlock your potential with NVC! Apply today for the NVC 2022-2023 competition season. Competitions occur throughout the calendar year, with the NVC Global Finals in June! Click on the link below and find other determined entrepreneurs locally, nationally and worldwide to expand your opportunities and ideas.
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Spotlight On
Nick Cotter
The New Venture Competition proudly presents our remarkable 2022 Global Champion, Nick Cotter! As the co-founder of Cotter Agritech, Nick and his brother Jack heeded their calling for entrepreneurship from a very young age. Cotter Agritech is the third successful start-up venture by the Irish brothers and is an evident representation of their desire to make a positive impact in the world of agriculture. Their game-changing SmartWorm software offers a cost-effective solution to livestock farmers and has the ability to leave a positive footprint on the environment on a global scale. Throughout the local and international pitching sessions, Nick Cotter's passion and determination won over the hearts and the minds of our NVC global finals judges and earned him the coveted title of this year's champion. If Nick's incredible story inspired you to follow your entrepreneurial dreams and make a difference in the world, don't hesitate to apply for the NVC 2022-2023 competition season!

Journey to Global Finals Starts Here

Step One

You must be an undergraduate or graduate college/university student with a company: operating for at least 6 months with at least US$500 in generated revenue or US$1,000 in investment .

Step Two

Apply and compete in a local competition.

Step Three

You win a local competition and advance to the next level of competition.

Step Four

Become your country’s top competitor and advance to the NVC Global Finals with the world’s best student entrepreneurs.

Step Five

Win the award, become the NVC Global Champion, and receive recognition and accolades.

Apply for a chance to win US$50,000
At the Global Finals, students compete for a total prize package of US$100,000 in cash, with first place receiving US$50,000. Second place receives US$20,000 and third place, US$10,000.
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Who is LU?
The Learning Unlimited Foundation is a high-quality support network of 15,500+ like-minded leaders across 63 countries. We help entrepreneurs achieve their full potential through the power of life-enhancing connections, shared experiences and collaborative learning.
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