The Venture RAMS: Business Showcase is a start-up pitch competition that gives participants an understanding of what it takes to successfully present their business ideas and a shot at $3,000!

Business Showcase pitch night

What is the showcase?

Throughout the creation of a new start-up, aspiring entrepreneurs will undoubtedly pitch their idea to countless stakeholders with the future of their companies on the line. The Institute for Entrepreneurship’s Venture RAMS: Business Showcase gives participants the experience of presenting start-up ideas in a high-stakes, but supportive, environment so aspiring entrepreneurs can build confidence, refine their pitch deck, and sharpen their pitching skills

The Showcase, which is sponsored by the Associated Students of CSU and hosted by the College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship, also offers an encouraging and constructive community for participants to prepare their ventures for success beyond Colorado State University.  

The showcase takes place on Thursday, April 16th from 4:00PM - 7:00PM.

Who can participate?

We encourage diverse groups of students, graduates and community members to take part in the Showcase. However, the founding team of each venture must be at least 50% current CSU students

What can I win? (Pssst, it's cash!)

Everyone who takes part in the Showcase will develop invaluable skills that will help them grow regardless of their professional journey. But, a little seed money helps us up the stakes. 

Cash prizes include:

  • 1st Place: $3,000
  • 2nd Place: $1,500
  • 3rd Place: $750
  • Impact Award: $500

How do I apply?

To be considered for the Showcase, please submit your application by Friday, March 27th at 11:59PM MST.

Applications must include: 

  • 1-page executive summary (single spaced, 12pt font)
  • Completed Business Model Canvas (Download a template BMC)
  • URL of your 5-min video pitch

Apply Today!

What's the timeline?

  • March 3 - Application opens
  • March 25 at 11:59PM - Deadline for applications
  • March 27 - Applications reviewed
  • April 1 - Seven finalists announced
  • April 3 - Noon pitch workshop & practice
  • April 16 - Venture RAMS: Business Showcase competition

Wait, I'm still a little confused...

It's okay, we've all been there, and that's why we're here to help! Reach out to us and someone from the Institute for Entrepreneurship will be in touch. 

Institute for Entrepreneurship
212 Rockwell Hall - North