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New Venture Competition

New Venture Competition

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business?
Do you have the entrepreneurial spirit it takes to turn your dream into reality?

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast's New Venture Competition is a business plan competition that offers students and alumni the chance to win at least $35,000 to launch a new business.

How it Works

  • Over the course of eight (8) weeks, students will create a business plan.
  • At the end of the semester, the three best business plans will be chosen by a committee of individuals to move on for final presentations.
  • Community mentors will help the remaining contestants refine their business plans.
  • The three finalists will present their business plans to a panel of college and community judges.
  • One champion will be chosen to win at least $35,000 to launch their dream business.
  • Be sure to review the complete New Venture Competition contest details.

Who is Eligible

The New Venture Competition is open to Ivy Tech Northeast students and alumni who are interested in starting their own business. If you have the passion, we can give you the tools to help you succeed.

Requirements for eligibility:
  1. Must have completed 6 credit hours at Ivy Tech Northeast prior to June 1.
  2. Former students within the last five years (who have achieved alumni status) are eligible.
  3. Must have passed ENTR 101, Entrepreneur and Enterprise before the 8 week lab begins or must be taking the course during the 8 week lab.
  4. Alumni of the competition.

How to Enter

Students are admitted to the completion and 8 week lab by making application to Jim Tolbert, 260-480-4249, jtolbert12@ivytech.edu  CC 2329

Who to Contact if You Have Questions

Jim Tolbert, School of Business Faculty at Jtolbert12@ivytech.edu or 260-480-4249

Congratulations, Morgan Williams, 2015 New Venture Competition champion

Morgan Williams with check

Morgan Williams, second from left, is the College's 2015 New Venture champion. He is pictured with, from left, James Tolbert, business administration assistant professor; Steve Piekarski, with ProFed Federal Credit Union; and Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ivy Tech Northeast chancellor. Photo by Zeke Bryant


Presenting sponsor

JB Tool, Die & Engineering, Inc.

Made possible thanks to a grant from the
Edward M. and Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation

Awards dinner sponsor

ProFed Credit Union

In collaboration with
Fort Wayne SCORE


For more information:

Jim Tolbert

2014 Winner

Beth Scholer

2014 Champion
Beth Scholer video

Robert Bibbo

2013 Champion
Robert Bibbo video

Jon-Paul Capito

2012 Champion
Jon-Paul Capito video

See more photos on Flickr.

Olivia Fabian

2011 Champion
Olivia Fabian video