Startups, Get Your Pitch Decks Ready

The Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition is your chance to win up to $25,000 to grow your venture.

Startups with founding teams of at least one current Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) student or recent alumni (within the last five years) are eligible to apply. Due diligence will be conducted by Case Western Reserve University Professor Scott Shane’s Entrepreneurial Finance Class, with support from industry experts.

Six finalists will then receive assistance from JumpStart Inc. to hone their pitch before taking the stage at a demo day competition on May 29, 2019, where judges will select first ($25,000), second ($15,000) and third place ($10,000) winners. Prizes will be provided by JumpStart.

Competition Sponsors

Morgenthaler Family Charitable Foundation
David Morgenthaler was an icon in the American venture capital industry. Passing away in 2016, he left a lasting impact on the venture industry. Learn more about his work here.

Weatherhead School of Management
Directed by Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, this program aims to stimulate student entrepreneurship and develop high-potential companies. Learn more about the Weatherhead School of Management here.

The Pavey Family Fund
Launched by Bob Pavey, managing partner of Pavey Investments and partner emeritus at Cleveland-based Morgenthaler Ventures, the Pavey Family Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Cleveland Foundation dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio.

JumpStart is a nonprofit venture development organization based in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s mission is to unlock the full potential of diverse entrepreneurs in order to transform entire communities. Learn more about their mission here.

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