Knapp Venture Competition

Knapp Venture Competition

Congratulations to the 2013 Winners

  • 1st place, $15,000
    Vow To Be Chic - Rents designer bridesmaid dresses online, bringing cost savings and convenience to the bridesmaid experience.
  • 2nd place, $7,500
    Neural Analytics - Offers a non-invasive solution for measuring intracranial pressure (ICP), a critical physiologic parameter that currently requires a neurosurgeon to drill a hole into the patient's skull.
  • 3rd place (tie), $2,500
    Mighty Mount - An automated camera mount that will track an object's motion and location in order to enable directed video capture for use for video chatting, video lectures, security, surveillance, and action sports.
  • 3rd place (tie), $2,500
    Sportifik - A web/mobile platform aimed at allowing people to easily organize and play sport matches with friends in a social and rewarding way.
  • 3rd place (tie), $2,500
    Job Genius - A website database of video informational interviews with professionals of varying backgrounds. It is both searchable and ratable so students can explore and learn about different career opportunities.

Funding Innovation Since 1982. Learn, Create & Succeed ... at the Knapp Venture Competition
Now in its 33rd year, the student-run Knapp Venture Competition, hosted at UCLA Anderson School of Management by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Entrepreneur Association, is designed to provide UCLA Anderson students with an intensive learning experience in the venture initiation process. The competition is named for Cleon T. (Bud) and Betsy Wood Knapp, who generously gave an endowment in 1997, which supports this annual event along with other entrepreneurial initiatives.

Virtually all UCLA Anderson students will start, work in, advise, or finance growing businesses at some point in their careers. Participating in the Knapp Venture Competition prepares students - whether they will be founders, financiers, consultants, marketers, or general managers - for these experiences by simulating the process of starting and evaluating an entrepreneurial enterprise.

Knapp Venture Competition
Competition activities begin each October and culminate with the final round of competition held in Korn Hall in late May - an event well attended by Anderson students and alumni. All dates and deadlines are communicated to students through the Entrepreneur Association email listserv.

2013-14 Schedule


Team generating events including elabs and roadshows
Varous speaker series' related to building business plans
Panel discussions and info sessions with past winners
Registration Deadline - 05/05/14
First Round Business Plans Due - 04/02/14
Qualifying Review of submitted plans
Venture Review Night - 04/16/14
Knapp Semifinalists Revised Business Plans Due - 04/21/14 
Knapp Semifinals - 05/01/14
Knapp Semifinalists Revised Business Plans Due - 05/12/14
Knapp Finals - 05/22/14


Event Information

  • Registration - For those intending to compete, you must register through a Qualtrics survey emailed to UCLA Anderson students about a month prior to the first plan submission. 
  • Qualifying Review--Qualified student judges will review the written plans and select up to 25 teams to continue to the Semi-Finals.
  • Venture Review Night--The selected teams will present to the same group of student judges. Judges will provide feedback, and teams will then be permitted to submit revised plans in advance of the Semi-Finals.
  • Semi-Finals--The semi-finalist will present to a panel of judges drawn from LA-based VCs, angel investors, and entrepreneurs. Five teams will be selected to continue to the Finals, and will be permitted to submit revised business plans in advance of Finals judging. Please note that Semi-Final presentations are 15 minutes followed by an additional 15 minutes of Q & A; they are open to the public.
  • Finals--The five finalist teams will present in Korn Hall to a new panel of judges that will include competition supporters Bud and Betsy Knapp. Awards reception to follow.

Review all rules and guidelines posted on the Knapp website at If you are seeking Angel funding (less than $1 MM), label the front of your plan "A-track." If you are seeking over $1MM, label the front of your plan "V-track" for Venture Funding. Please send Angela Klein ( ) an electronic copy of the plan by 10am on the day it's due.

Knapp Venture Competition