Do you have an idea for a business, service, or product that you want to get off the ground? If so, the Best of Student Startups (BOSS) competition is a great first step!

Through a series of interactive workshops, students will be provided valuable information and coaching to make their business ideas a reality. At the end of the program, five ideas will be selected to pitch their at the BOSS Finale.

The winning team will be awarded funding toward the development of their idea!

BOSS FINALE (5 Finalists Pitch)
Wednesday, April 18 5:00-7:30pm, PAST Innovation Lab

Join the Center for innovation and Enrepreneurship for the Spring 2018 Best of Student Startups (BOSS) Finale! Attend and watch 5 student finalists pitch their ideas for a product/business/service and compete for $3,000 of funding towards their idea. Also, there will be FREE food for guests provided at the PAST Innovation Lab. 


It is a requirement that at least one member per team or individual attends each of the three BOSS Workshops during the Autumn Semester to be considered for the BOSS Pitch Competition and Finale.

Important Dates

Workshop #1: Problem Identification, Solution Brainstorming, Customer Validation
Wednesday, February 14 12:15-1:45pm, Mason Hall Rotunda

Workshop #2: Storytelling, The Pitch, Public Speaking
Thursday, March 8 12:15-1:45pm, Mason Hall Rotunda

Workshop #3: Marketing Strategy, Finance, Operation Strategy
Monday, March 19 5:00-6:30pm, Gerlach Hall 275

BOSS Pitch Competition
April 2 & 4, times TBD, Mason Hall 



Jake Cohen (
Assistant Director, Student Programs
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Alicia Russo (
Student Intern
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship