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



SAVE THE DATE!  2025 WVB ~ April 25, 2025

Spring 2024 Important Dates


  • February 15 @ 5PM: Round 1 Registration Deadline
  • March 14 @ 5PM: Round 2 Proof of Concept Deadline
  • March 27: Finalists Announced
  • April 19 @ 5PM: Round 3 Investor Packets Due
  • May 3rd: Wolverine Venture Battle Finals

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 2024 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


Dan Creston '81


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



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



Elizabeth (Smith ’81) and Peter Hanley



Susan (Peshek ’81) and Peter Durfee ‘80



Three (3) hours accounting/financial consultation

Cedric E. Lewis, JD/MBA

Five (5) hours business liability consultation

One (1) year of webhosting