CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator program is launching the Next Great Startup competition for OSU students in winter term of 2017.

Developed in collaboration with several OSU colleges, the event will feature the first student-based, university-wide business competition. It will begin in January, 2017, and the finals will be held on March 9. 

The Next Great Startup goes beyond ordinary business plan or pitch competitions, organizers say. It's about real, viable student startup ventures created in Corvallis, and each team will receive direct access to venture capitalist coaches, business mentors, and additional funding as they advance in all three rounds.

The winning team will receive more than $10,000 in cash, goods and services. Cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded to the top four teams. Additionally, mentors from the community and the accelerator will participate in coaching the teams. 

More information on the competition and eligibility is available online at http://nextgreatstartup.oregonstate.edu

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Anna Walsh, 541-368- 5206