Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on October 10, 2016 here (insert link).

  1. Each team must have at least USC Viterbi currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc as a company founder.  Students must be in good standing with the university.
  2. Teams may not consist of more than five members, but can be as few as one member.
  3. No student may serve as the qualifying student, as described above, for more than one team.
  4. There is no entry fee.
  5. Each team shall not submit more than one business model.
  6. The subject of the business model must be the original idea of that particular team or a member thereof.  If a team is found to have submitted an idea that is not original, it will be disqualified.
  7. Teams may not have accepted any funding, excluding other USC-related support, grants and competitions, in excess of $50,000 prior to the competition application deadline. Competition directors, may at their discretion, review cases where outside funding exceeds $50,000
  8. Teams must register online before the application deadline to be considered for this competition.
  9. If incorporated, ventures must be less than 1 year old as of the application deadline.
  • All USC students may participate, but teams must have at least one USC Viterbi student or postdoc in a key role.
  • The maximum team size is 5.