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Who should apply?

Any student startup or Individuals interested in entrepreneurship! Forge is open to all majors, ages, and Midwest schools. Forge‘s aim is venture growth and bringing the Midwest Entrepreneurship community together, so all Midwest student ventures and students are welcome.

What can I do in the meantime?

Get your business cards and pitch together, and prepare for a packed weekend! Also, tell your friends and check out our Facebook event and social media links to get updates. :)

When will I hear back?

The application’s deadline is TBA and we will be sending out acceptances on a rolling basis. Everyone will hear back by November 5th.


What's in it for me?

Meeting seasoned entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, members of the entrepreneurship community, and meeting other top student startups from across the Midwest. You’ll be meeting a diverse group of people and will have the opportunity to win prizes in the pitching competition.

How will the pitching competition work?

On November 7th, the pitching competition will take place. It will be split into preliminary rounds and final rounds, and selected startups will make it to the final round. There will be no allocated time during the weekend to work on your pitch, so come prepared!

Does every startup need to pitch?

Nope! You do not have to pitch, but don’t give up the opportunity to win a prize!

What are past participants up to?

In 2019, Psyonic from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign won $1,000 cash and has since raised a seed round and launched the product.

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Feel free to email us at team@founders.illinois.edu


What do I need to attend the event

Participants should have Zoom and other software listed in the Info Email installed, while Attendees can watch the live stream from Youtube.

How many people from my team can I bring?

This virtual edition of Forge allows for startups to bring unlimited attendees, but only up to 4 participants will have access to prizes, etc.

When does the event start and end?

The event starts at 10 am on November 6th online and ends at 5 pm on November 7th.

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