There is no one right way to start a venture. Therefore, the path to success in the real world entails competing with teams who use many different approaches to achieve the same goal: funding. The Wolverine Venture Battle (WVB) simulates the real world by allowing teams to compete for prize money without the confines of a cumbersome administratively heavy business plan competition. The Wolverine Venture Battle is open to both social and commercial teams.



Who Should Participate?


The competition is not limited to business and entrepreneurship majors. In fact, this competition has been deliberately designed for all majors to be comfortable participating. We’re looking for:


  • GCC students interested in enhancing their presentation skills
  • GCC students who want to explore the idea of starting a new venture – social or commercial
  • GCC students who enjoy hands-on learning experiences
  • GCC students with competitive spirits who are ready to have fun and win cash prizes





Spring 2023 Important Dates


  • February 17 @ 5PM: Round 1 Registration Deadline
  • March 22 @ 5PM: Round 2 Proof of Concept Deadline
  • April 5: Finalists Announced
  • April 19 @ 5PM: Round 3 Investor Packets Due
  • April 24: Wolverine Venture Battle Finals (Virtual)
  • April 28: Wolverine Venture Battle Finals (In-Person)

Details about all future Wolverine Venture Battle and Innovation Showcases will be announced on this page as well as on E+I social media channels: Facebook and Instagram.

Check out this video to learn more about Wolverine Venture Battle—

Wolverine Venture Battle 2023 Sponsors

Heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for their generous support.



Laura (Koller ’11) and RJ Fryan ‘08

The Habbershon Family:
Tim ’81, Grant ’06, Meredith ’07, Jonathan ’09, and Natalie ‘11


The Newton Family: Rick '86,

Terrie '85, Josh '09, Anna '17,

Jesse '19, Josiah '24, and Abigail



Elisabeth O'Brien '16


Dan Creston '81

                  The Pentz Family:                                     Mark ‘81, Cheri ‘79,                    Michael ‘06, Yvonne ‘06

              John '68 & Betsy Baun                            Charitable Foundation              (Pittsburgh Foundation)

Elizabeth (Smith ’81)

and Peter Hanley

                  Susan (Peshek ’81)                    and Peter Durfee ‘80

                   The Kiska Family:                                    Stan ’85, Deanna ’87,                 Evan ’20, and Lauren


The Passaro Family



Connor Grieb '18



Three (3) hours accounting/financial consultation

Cedric E. Lewis, JD/MBA

Five (5) hours business liability consultation

One (1) year of webhosting