VCIC’s Most VC-Backable Startup Global Search

Not a pitch contest!

VCIC’s Most VC-Backable Startup Global Search is a network of 20 due diligence screening events taking place in 6 countries (see map). At each event, only three (3) regional finalist startups will be selected to pitch in-person to six student VC teams and 8-12 investors, who perform the due diligence. The Most VC-Backable Startup of each regional finals event will be the one that receives the most term sheets from student teams as well as the judges’ endorsement, earning the opportunity (but not guarantee) of being invited to the global finals.

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Early deadline Dec. 13.

Submit brief online application and pitch deck by December 13 or January 10.

Apply here.

Top 3 Chosen

Screening Dec/Jan

Only three (3) startups will be chosen as semi-finalist for each regional event.

See event locations.

Pitch/Due Diligence

Regional Finals in Feb.

Pitch and go through six (6) due diligence sessions. Most events in February.

What it’s like for startups?

Global Finals

Chapel Hill on March 27-28

Regional winners are eligible but not guaranteed to be invited to 22nd Annual Global Finals in Chapel Hill, NC.

See last year’s judges.

Early Application Deadline Dec. 13

Where are VCIC 2020 Regional Finals Events?

Chapel Hill
New York
San Francisco

What is VCIC?

Since 1998, VCIC has been educating students about venture capital while also connecting startups and VCs. VCIC is two competitions in one…

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VCIC Startups Get Funded (after competing at VCIC)

The VCIC Experience: What you can Expect at a Regional Competition

VCIC is a VC immersion for startups like no other! Go from pitch to term sheets in 6 hours!

If you win your regional VCIC event, your startup will be added to VCIC’s Most VC-Backable Startups List which will be promoted through various VCIC channels. You will also be eligible (though not guaranteed) to be invited to the next round, VCIC Global Finals in Chapel Hill, NC, March 27-28.

A typical VCIC region event includes…


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“Most VC-Backable Startup” Competition

The Most VC-Backable Startup Competition is a competition within a competition. For over 20 years, the Venture Capital Investment Competition has been teaching students about entrepreneurship and venture capital. Student teams play the role of VC firms with real startups pitching. Teams must choose one startup and put down a term sheet. Real VCs and angel investors judge the student teams. …more…

Bonus! It is also a Talent Marketplace

Each event has about 40 student participants who are some of the most motivated and driven student from their program interested in startups and venture capital. Many student teams have won prior internal events to be able to compete at the regional event. These students may be great talent for your startup!