Venture Vetting Pitch Competition

​Kickstart your startup.

Each spring, the Venture Vetting (V2) Pitch Competition catalyzes the entrepreneurial spirit of our USD community. Organized by the USD School of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer, the V2 Pitch Competition is a campus-wide competition where University of San Diego students can pitch their very own business ideas.

Students with nearly any type of business idea are invited to participate. Ideas can range from business-to-consumer and business-to-business models to technology-based and business-for-good models. The possibilities are endless!

By taking part in this competition, you will learn the basics of turning a business idea into a fully developed venture proposal. And along the way, you will participate in hands-on workshops, get paired with industry and faculty mentors and create a pitch deck that will stand out. After pitching your idea to a panel of investors, the best three proposals will get to pitch live at the V2 Pitch Competition finals for a chance to win up to $25,000 in seed funding. Additional participants will also get featured at the V2 Award Ceremony.

Get ready to win up to $25,000 to kickstart your business and refine your skills to succeed as an entrepreneur! As a participant, you will:

  • Learn the ropes on how to turn a business idea into a successful business
  • Develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will serve you well whether you want to start your own business or succeed in an established company
  • Add senior corporate executives (think CEOs, VPs, directors..) and venture capitalists to your professional network
  • Receive mentoring and coaching from veteran entrepreneurs
  • And along the way, learn to fall forward!

Join us at the V2 Pitch Competition and watch our entrepreneurs go from wild dreams to wildly successful.

If you have any questions, please contact the Catalyzer team at


Meet Last Year's V2 Winners

V2 Learning Series

All You Need to Know About V2

Feb. 11, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. PST


Pitch Deck Essentials

Feb. 18, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. PST


Business & Revenue Models

Feb. 25, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. PST


Vision & Value Proposition

Designing Effective Value Propositions

March 4, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. PST


Customer Discovery & Competitive Analysis

March 11, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. PST


Financial Projections

March 18, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. PST



The V2 Learning Series is open to all USD students including those not participating in the V2 Pitch Competition. All events are eligible for Passport, Compass and Connect points. Students are also encouraged to attend the Resilient Entrepreneur workshop series.


Everything Students Need to Know

  • Eligibility
  • Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Submission Requirements
  • Selection Process
  • Selection Criteria
  • Seed Funding Prizes