Supporting the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

Join us for our 5th Annual New Venture Challenge where the students from Ventura County’s display their entrepreneurial talent in our local version of Shark Tank and compete for prizes to make their businesses a reality.

Over the past several months, students from around the area have identified problems they are passionate about solving, created innovative solutions to those problems, and crafted a plan to build a business that provides those solutions.

In this year-end event, the teams from our middle schools and high schools will pitch their ideas to local business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors. At stake is thousands of dollars of prizes and the chance to make their idea a reality at the Ventura Ventures Technology Center, a local startup incubator dedicated to growing entrepreneurs in Downtown Ventura.

In our biggest and most competitive event yet (with over 35 student teams), we’re excited to have the People’s Choice category, where all attendees can choose their favorite!


First Place

Bee’s Sneeze

Second Place

Water Shift

Third Place

PASA Sciences

People’s Choice

Safety Straw


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College Connect




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Morning: Entrepreneur Expo

Join us in the morning to peruse the student exposition. Watch prototype demonstrations and speak with young entrepreneurs about their businesses.

This is your only chance to see all 35+ student teams in one place!

Entrepreneur Expo Agenda

9:00 a.m.

Student Check-in

9:30 a.m.

Judge Check-in

9:40 a.m.

Judge Meeting

10:00 a.m.

Entrepreneur Expo Opens and Judging Begins

11:45 a.m.

Student Expo Closes

Afternoon: Pitch Competition

Come watch the finalists from the Entrepreneur Expo pitch their ideas to a panel of five business experts, just like on Shark Tank. Vote for your favorite team to win the extra People’s Choice award. See who will go home with the grand prize of $2,500!

Full Day ticket holders, including all student competitors, also get to enjoy a three-course meal as the teams and judges prepare for the pitches.

Pitch Competition Agenda

11:45 a.m.

Lunch Opens

12:45 p.m.

Welcome Address and Announcement of Finalists

1:15 p.m.

Pitch Competition Begins

2:40 p.m.

Awards Announced

3:00 p.m.


Competitor Information

  • Dress to impress! Wear business professional attire.
  • Arrive at 9:00 a.m. to check in. Judging starts at 10:00, so your team needs to be 100% ready by then.
  • In the morning, your team will have a 3′ x 3′ space on a table to display 2 – 3 of:
    • A poster board
    • A laptop with your presentation
    • Copies of your business plan
    • Samples or prototypes
  • No other materials or equipment are allowed.
  • Samples may not be given out to judges or other attendees.
  • We can’t guarantee that there will be power or internet, so have everything you need loaded and make a backup plan.
  • When judges come around, you have 4 minutes to explain your idea, and then another 4 – 5 minutes for judge questions. You should be ready to talk to them conversationally as a team as well as to give a more formal prepared pitch if they ask for it.
  • Judging will be completed around 11:30. You need to have your materials packed up and out of the exhibition room by noon.
  • Lunch is served upstairs at 12:15, so try to get back from the car by then.
  • Finalists from the morning session will be announced at lunch and will present after lunch using the presentation sent to Aspire 3 the week before.

About Us

Entrepreneurship is for everyone.

It’s a path of progress which every person, no matter their background or circumstance, can use to positively change in their lives and communities.

We believe every person who wants to pursue entrepreneurship should have access to the most effective, actionable, and engaging resources to help them succeed.

We’re a group of entrepreneurs, educators, and community leaders who research, develop and implement the best practices and resources for emerging entrepreneurs.