The application period is now open for Student Startup Madness, seeking the best college digital media startups in America; early admission period ends Oct. 10
RELEASE Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 — Online applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Student Startup Madness, a fun and exciting nationwide tournament offering college student startups the opportunity to “live the entrepreneurial dream”: compete against fellow student entrepreneurs, and grab the attention of potential investors and leaders in the startup community at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in March 2015.
Student Startup Madness (SSM) is open to all college student digital media startups from any college/university in the United States. To apply, go to https://studentstartupmadness.com/apply-now/. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 5, 2014.
Teams are encouraged to apply for “Early Admission” by Friday, Oct 10, 2014, when 20 of the 64 SSM starting field of tournament teams will be selected. The benefits of early admission include less competition for the 20 “early admission” spots and more time for student teams to plan ahead and prepare their pitch materials, if they are selected for the semi-finals. Early application will also afford the SSM Selection Committee more opportunity to consider applications versus those that are submitted close to the Dec. 5 final application deadline.
Each round of the nationwide tournament will build momentum, awareness and social media buzz, drawing attention to colleges and universities as sources for innovation, entrepreneurship and talent while showcasing university entrepreneurship and encouraging college students to start businesses.
From all online applications, 64 teams will be chosen by the SSM Selection Committee for the first round of competition, which will take place online in the Gust.com platform.
From the 64 first-round competitors, half (32 teams) will advance to the semi-final regionals round. From the regionals will emerge the “Entrepreneurial Eight,” the top eight student teams that will be invited to pitch to a celebrity panel of well-known entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors at the Student Startup Madness national finals at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March 2015.
About Student Startup Madness
The Student Startup Madness concept was developed by Sean Branagan, director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, in conjunction with SXSW.
Student Startup Madness, along with its sponsors and host universities, believes in American entrepreneurship and on-campus startups—and wants to help young student entrepreneurs succeed and become a part of the SXSW experience.