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Startup Sandbox Weekend

November 13 & 14th

A weekend of consulting on your business or nonprofit idea!

Startup Sandbox is an idea-testing weekend for you to consult mentors, pitch your idea, and win prize money! From Friday night to Saturday night, students will work in teams to validate and formulate a problem they've identified, viability of a solution, and get advice on next steps. Students bring passion and ideas, and CEL provides workshops, tools, and real-world entrepreneurs who will help you focus your ideas and identify your next steps. Teams will ultimately pitch their idea at the end of the weekend to a panel of judges for the chance to win up to $500 in seed money towards your venture.



This is a weekend to do something practical about the stuff you talk about wanting to do:

  • That problem you've always wanted to do something about
  • That product that you have dreamed of making
  • That service you see needed
  • That business or non-profit you want to launch

You can either:

  • Bring your own idea and work by yourself
  • Bring your own idea and teammates
  • Be inspired by others' ideas and join a team


  • First place wins $500
  • Second place wins $300
  • Third place wins $200


Registration is easy - all we need is your basic contact information and a general description of the idea you want to work on. Walk-ins are welcome, but your registration in advance helps us know how many people to expect. Register here!

  • Free registration
  • Open to all years, all majors who want to work together to make things happen
  • Sign up as an individual, as a team, or as a free agent (looking to join someone else's team)
  • You do not need a defined problem or solution to participate
  • Prior entrepreneurial, business or nonprofit experience is not required
  • Commitment to launching your idea after the weekend ends is optional

Weekend Roadmap


The full, detailed schedule will be presented at the Opening Kick-Off on Friday. Here's an overview of what this fast-paced weekend has in store:

Friday, November 13

  • 6 p.m. // Kick-Off and Open Mic to brainstorm ideas! 
  • 7 - 8 p.m. // Team up and begin work! (Snacks provided!)

Saturday, November 14th

  • 9 a.m. // Intro & Breakfast
  • 10 a.m. // Meet your mentors! (Round robin style)
  • 12:30 -1 p.m. // Pitch Workshop and break for lunch
  • 7 - 8 p.m. // Final Pitches and Awards (Open invitation to all!)


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