Celebrate the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

The New Venture Ventura County is a day celebrating students with an interest in entrepreneurship, engineering, and technology.

It’s free and open to the public. Kids and adults can learn about and participate in activities like coding, 3-D printing, and creating innovative businesses.

Our Four Main Events

New Venture Challenge: Entrepreneur Expo

The Entrepreneur Expo starts off the event. Hundreds of young entrepreneurs from around Ventura County in middle school through college have been creating business ideas in their classrooms and through the Aspire 3 Rising Entrepreneur Program. These final 40 teams will share their business plans and demonstrate product prototypes as they compete to advance to the final round in the 6th Annual Aspire 3 New Venture Challenge.

New Venture Challenge: Pitch Competition

The Pitch Competition is the final round of the 6th Annual Aspire 3 New Venture Challenge where the top 8-10 teams pitch their ideas on stage to a panel of five business experts, just like on Shark Tank. Vote for your favorite team to win the People’s Choice Award and see which team will go home with the grand prize of $2,500.

Competitor Information

Makerspace Expo

The Makerspace Expo brings together students and community members who design, prototype, and create manufactured works. Makers of all ages can come learn about the Makerspaces in Ventura County and the education & equipment available, as well as get involved right away with some hands-on activities.

Coding Bootcamp Demo

The NewCoding Bootcamp is all about learning coding the way developers in startups do it. Come see how easy it is to get started in coding and check out some of the projects that were created by students in our community. Students in Ventura County ages 12-22 will able to sign up for a free 6-week coding program in Summer 2018 taught by industry experts.

Reserve your spot now! The first 200 guests get a free lunch!

Reserve Tickets

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Soiland Rec Center Lundring Events Center Front of William Rolland Stadium
8:30 a.m. NVC Student Check-in Begins
9:00 a.m.  NVC Expo Judge Check-in Begins
9:30 a.m.  NVC Student Check-in Ends NVC Judge Meeting
10:00 a.m. NVC Entrepreneur Expo Opens and Judging Begins Makerspace Expo Opens
10:30 a.m. Coding Bootcamp Demos Begin
11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. NVC Entrepreneur Expo Closes
12:00 p.m.  NVC Competitor/Judge Lunch Opens
12:30 p.m.  NVC Expo Winners Announcement Coding Bootcamp Demos End
1:00 p.m.  NVC Competitor/Judge Lunch Closes NVC Pitch Competition Begins Makerspace Expo Closes
1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. NVC Awards Announced
3:30 p.m.

Competitor Information

  • Ask your teacher for the coupon code to get competitor tickets for you and up to two guests.
  • Dress to impress! Wear business professional attire.
  • Arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 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.
  • Finalists from the morning session will be announced at lunch.
  • You need to have your materials packed up and out of the exhibition room by 12:45.
  • Finalists will present after lunch using the presentation sent to Aspire 3 the week before.