Crummer Venture Plan Competition

The annual Rollins Venture Plan Competition, hosted by Crummer every year since 2015, is Central Florida’s largest, most prestigious, and comprehensive business plan and pitch competition for startups. Open to all regionally headquartered startups, the annual competition is where teams battle for funding, exposure, and mentorship in front of the region’s top entrepreneurs, leaders, and venture capitalists. Participants compete for prize money before multiple distinguished judges panels, all of whom are successful investors and entrepreneurs. The competition continues to serve as the platform for Central Florida startup companies to gain exposure and funding.

Prizes

Finalists will all receive cash prizes. Prize distribution in 2021 will be as follows:

• 1st $25,000
• 2nd $10,000
• 3rd $5,000

In addition to the prize money, the 2020 competition winner also received a Finalist position for entry into the StarterStudio Seed Fund — an opportunity to qualify for up to $25k in a convertible note on successful completion and due diligence, and in-kind service offerings, such as strategic consultation, accounting, and legal support. The total value of this year’s Finalist prize package, including cash distributed to the winners and in-kind services from our partners, is well over $100,000.

Fast Facts About the Competition

Semi-Finalists

Athliance
Craniometrix
Engineer’s Pantheon, LLC
FLUIX LLC
Idem Systems
Junior Performance Golf Academy 
Mindstamp
Modularity Space
NOMI: No More Injuries
Ostrich
Oval Innovation LLC
Pink Lotus Technologies, Inc.
Space Domain Awareness, Inc.
Thor Odinson Research Extraction Corp.
Xhalence
Zero Trafficking LLC

Competition Key Dates

The submission form and instructions can be accessed by creating an account through this page.

All submission materials must be received by the deadline in order for teams to participate in the competition. No extensions will be given. A panel of qualified judges will evaluate the submissions and select the Semi-Finalists. Up to 16 teams will be selected to move on to the Semi-Final Round.

The Semi-Finalists will be announced to all participants by email no later than 6:00 pm on Friday, February 29.

The Semi-Finalists are highly encouraged to participate in a virtual private pitch workshop conducted by Rollins entrepreneurship faculty.

The Semi-Finalists will have an opportunity to present to Rollins entrepreneurship faculty and 1st round judges to receive feedback on their presentations in a consequence free environment in advance of the Semi-Finals.

Semi-Finalists are required to submit their slide decks that will be used in the Semi-Final round of the competition. Subsequent changes may be made by Finalists after the Semi-Final round.

Presentations of no more than 8 minutes will be made by the Semi-Finalist teams to a qualified panel of judges. Up to 5 minutes of questions by the judges will be asked to each team. The judges will determine the 3 teams that will move on to the Final Round of competition. Finalists will be notified following the deliberation of the judges, immediately following the Semi-Final presentations.

Presentations of no more than 8 minutes will be made by the Semi-Finalist teams to a qualified panel of judges. Up to 5 minutes of questions by the judges will be asked to each team. The judges will determine the 3 teams that will move on to the Final Round of competition. Finalists will be notified following the deliberation of the judges, immediately following the Semi-Final presentations.

The 3 teams chosen for the Finals will present again to a new panel of qualified judges. Presentations of no more than 8 minutes will be made by the Finalist teams. Up to 15 minutes of questions by the judges will be asked to each team. The judges will determine the winners of the competition. Winners will be notified following the deliberation of the judges, immediately after the final presentations.

Please direct all questions to: Pete McAlindon, Ph.D. pmcalindon@rolllins.edu

Prize Money Distribution: Prior to the competition, participants must elect how they prefer prize money to be distributed, whether to a business entity associated with the competing venture concept or to the individual participants on the team. It must also be specified if the prize money is to be distributed evenly among the participants on the team or divided up in some other way. If the total prize money awarded to a team is in excess of $10,000, the prize money must be distributed to a business entity associated with the competing concept. If no such business entity exists, the team must form an entity associated with the competing concept in order to receive the prize money.