2016 Innovation Coast Competition

USC Marshall’s Innovation Coast Competition is seeking applicants to present their product or service innovations in consumer products, media, software and medical devices. Up to $45,000 in cash awards will be presented to the winners at this year’s competition, which will take place on May 17th on USC’s campus. Applications will be accepted through March 31st.

This is not an angel or venture capital pitch competition, so typical questions regarding financial forecasts and cash needs will not be asked. Judges will have deep product and service innovation track records from companies of all sizes.

Learn more about the competition: http://usccompetition2016.startupcompete.co/


[Apply] bHive

bHive is a pitch competition open to USC and UCLA entrepreneurs. The competition is open to undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni from USC or UCLA.

Select semifinalists will be interviewed on February 29th and March 1st. Finalists will be chosen after the interviews and will be coached by bread+buzz in preparing their pitch. The event will feature a face-off between USC and UCLA entrepreneurs in a Shark Tank pitch format. The winner will receive $20,000 in funding (separate from funding entrepreneurs may receive from judges).


  • The judges:
    • David Krane, Managing Partner at Google Ventures
    • Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, Chuck E Cheese and Brain Rush
    • Chuck Davis, Chairman and CEO of Prodege and Venture Partner at TCV
    • Lisa Kudrow, actress, comedian, writer and producer

Mel Robbins will MC. The event will take place on May 11th at UCLA as part of the YPO Pacific Edge.

Applications close February 22nd. Learn more and apply now.