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Blaze Venture Challenge

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The Blaze Venture Challenge is an annual pitch challenge event highlighting the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of UIC students. This year, the event is generously supported by Comcast.

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  $13,000 in cash prizes, get access to world-class mentors and and gain real-world experience in pitching to investors.

The 2025 Blaze Venture Challenge dates will be announced this fall!

2024 Blaze Venture Challenge Presented by Comcast Heading link

Thank you to Comcast, our 2024 Corporate Sponsor! Comcast is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms they provide, to the content and experiences they create, they reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. Learn more > 

Spark Series Workshops Heading link

Check back in the Summer for Fall programming registration! The Spark Series is workshop-style programming geared towards students interested in exploring entrepreneurship. In the Spring, these workshops also focus on preparing students for the Blaze Venture Challenge.