Frequently Asked Questions

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Pismo Ventures National Venture Plan Competition


Who is eligible for the competition?

Please read over our competition criteria here. [Under Rules and Requirements]

Who are the Judges and what are their backgrounds?

Please click here to meet our panel of judges.

What happens if I apply to the competition but decide not to participate?

All registrations and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.

What are the prizes and how is the prize money split?

Please read over our list of prizes here. [Under Prizes]

Do non-winning teams ever become successful?

This competition is designed to provide honest, helpful feedback to you about your business. Even if you do not win the final prizes, the feedback you gain from our workshops and optional services will be very valuable.

If I register to participate, may I withdraw from the competition later on? At what point am I fully committed in the competition?

After registration, your submission will be considered and decisions will be made. Your initial entry will be the one used to determine your advancement to the semi finals or finals rounds.

Can I participate in multiple teams or multiple tracks?

Each company can be entered into the competition once. We will not be comparing the same company across multiple tracks.

Are there limitations on the amount of seed capital raised or revenue generated?

No, any business that fits our terms will be allowed to compete, regardless of revenue status.