The Galant Center Challenge

Date: Apr 18, 2012
Time: 4:00PM
Location: U.Va. McIntire School of Commerce, Robertson Hall, Room 123

The Galant Center Challenge is a $250,000 "live fire" business plan pitch sponsored by The Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce and the Entrepreneurship Group at McIntire. The challenge is a forum in which real angels and venture capital investors who regularly invest in early-stage startups have agreed to hear pitches and, if they like what they hear, potentially strike a deal with the student entrepreneurs for up to $250,000 in equity seed financing.

This is not a business plan competition, and it's not a mock "pitch" exercise for feedback! It is a REAL pitch event in which finalist teams will be presenting to convince real investors that they deserve capital to launch or grow their business. As such, there will be no "winner" awarded prize money; each team has an opportunity to inspire the investors in the room to write a check and invest real money for equity in the startup.

To apply:

  1. Submit your business plan and PowerPoint pitch by midnight Friday, April, 6.
  2. Finalists will be announced April 13.

Submit your plan via email to

For more information about the challenge, visit