Register now for HopStart: Hopkins New Venture Challenge

Registration is now open for HopStart: Hopkins New Venture Challenge! HopStart connects competitors with mentors who guide them through the process of writing a business plan, and it provides them the opportunity to pitch their new ventures to industry leaders and win prize money to take those ventures to the next level.

Competition Categories

Compete in one of three categories: General Ventures, Medical Technology and Life Science Ventures, or Sustainability Ventures.

Competition Timeline

In Stage 1, teams submit their written business plans and receive feedback from mentors over two rounds of competition (Feb. 17 to April 14).

In Stage 2, teams pitch their ventures live to judges over two rounds of competition for the chance to win up to $5,000 in prize money (April 28).

Competition Details

Any new venture with at least one current Hopkins student (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral fellow) on its startup management team is welcome to compete. Please read our eligibility requirements in full before registering. Any team that does not meet all requirements will be unregistered from the event.

Visit the HopStart website for registration guidelines, a competition timeline, on-campus resources, and instructions for each stage of the competition.


Registration closes Feb. 13, and the Round 1 submission deadline is Feb. 17. Register here.

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