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UIC Blaze Venture Challenge

The Blaze Venture Challenge is an annual pitch challenge event highlighting the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of UIC students. Individuals and teams composed of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students present unique business ideas to a group of experienced and successful professional judges from the Chicago ecosystem.

Participants have the chance to win  $10,000 in cash prizes, get access to world-class mentors and and gain real-world experience in pitching to investors.

While the Blaze Venture Challenge has a semi-final round, the event culminates into eight final teams pitching their startup ideas for the chance to win thousands of dollars. In the finals, participants will pitch to an expert panel of judges from across the Chicago innovation ecosystem. The event features pitches, feedback and cash awards!

Come support the future of entrepreneurship at UIC!

Register Here


Apr 16 2024


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Student Center East Room 301
750 S. Halsted St. Chicago
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