Now in its 35th year, the Knapp Venture Competition has evolved into one of the premier academic business plan competitions in Southern California. It encourages UCLA Anderson students to showcase their talents and learn from insights of successful entrepreneurs and business executives. The Knapp Competition has given more than 1,800 UCLA Anderson students a unique venture creation experience that has been instrumental in launching numerous businesses.
Over the course of the academic year, Anderson students refine business concepts, build management teams, and develop business plans to submit to the Knapp Venture Competition. A select group of business plans has been chosen for competition in the semifinals, with the top submissions advancing to the finals on May 19, 2016. The judging panels, which comprise entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and senior executives, play a critical role in shaping the outcome and educational experience of the competition. Our judges not only ask questions to evaluate each entry's viability, but also provide students with constructive feedback and suggestions for going forward with their ventures. After a closed deliberation, the five Knapp finalists will be announced via email the following the day.