What is different in 2021?

Quick answer: not much.

The core of VCIC will remain much the same, with activities taking place in Zoom rooms rather than real rooms. Here are some changes:

  • Team and judge shadows have been nixed. Teams may have up to 6 members, explained in the rules.
  • Code names are back! You will be randomly assigned one of these: Ash, Birch, Cherry, Dogwood, Elm & Fir.
  • Negotiations have been nixed and partner meetings will be 15 minutes rather than 10 to provide more feedback about your written deliverables.
  • We have updated the VCIC non-disclosure agreement and will strictly enforce that teams may NOT share startup pitch decks with ANYONE, including coaches and advisors!
  • Teams may NOT receive any outside help during the day of the competition.
  • Judges will vote after each round (due diligence, written deliverables, partner meetings), giving teams more granularity about what you did well (and not so well). See sample scoreboard here.
  • All 2020 participants are welcome to participate again in 2021 since there was no Global Finals, though your school may choose to allow new students to have the experience.

Virtual Event Agenda

8:30 a.m.Startup Pitches
9:50 a.m.Due Diligence Sessions
12:00 p.m.Team Working Lunch
1:30 p.m.Written Deliverables Due
1:50 p.m.Partner Meetings
4:00 p.m.VC Round Robin
followed by announcement
of winners