Collegiate Next Great Consumer Brands Competition

March 30th, 2017

2016 Collegiate Next Great Consumer Brands winners: Think Board from Babson College!

Application Portal Opens: October 1, 2017

2017 Collegiate Next Great Consumer Brands winners: Busy Beauty from Babson College again!  

2017 Collegiate Next Great Consumer Brands winners: Busy Beauty from Babson College again!

 

Deadline for Applications: February 1, 2018

Details to follow!

Student teams from all over the country are invited to apply to UGA's Collegiate Next Great Consumer Brands Competition hosted by the Entrepreneurship Program. The team with the winning consumer/retail brand idea or business receives a $25,000 award and an all expenses paid trip to New York City to attend the Next Great Consumer Brands Conference.

Bob Pinckney, UGA Director of Entrepreneurship Program, announces winner for 2017 competition.

The conference brings together up & coming and leading consumer and retail companies to present their new and innovative products to leading investors, private equity firms and investment banks. The winning team will have the incredible opportunity to attend the event and showcase their own creation during the exhibition! Executives from Consensus Advisors and some of the country's leading private equity firms will also be in attendance to provide students with invaluable insight and expertise.

About the Competition

During the first round, which occurs behind closed doors, each team will pitch their consumer/retail brand idea or business to a panel of judges. Three final teams advance to the second round where they will present once again, this time in front of a live audience. The judges will then award the winner $25,000!

2017 Sponsors:

  • Consensus Advisors
  • Scargo Hill Capital
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wargo French
  • NASDAQ

Who is Eligible

The competition is open to all students (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral), from any college or university, with a creative and innovative consumer/retail brand idea or business.

Team Requirements

  • At least one team member must be an active undergraduate, graduate or doctoral student.
  • If a member of the startup has graduated they must have graduated within the past 3 semesters.
  • There is no limit on the type of business.
  • Startups must have less than $2 million in annual sales.
  • Only 4 members of the team may participate in the competition.

How to Apply

The application portal will be open October 1st, 2017 through February 1st, 2018. Click here to apply now!