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University Startup Challenge 2024

Friday, April 19

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM CEST



About the event

General Information

NOTE: the applications will be handled through this link:

Only those whose application has been accepted will be able to register for the event on this page, so please apply first at the link above.

The University Startup Challenge of Milan is a 300-person event organized by Entrepreneurship Club Bocconi and Polimi, for all Bocconi, Politecnico, Statale and Cattolica students.

This year the event will be held on the 19th and 20th of April in Politecnico di Milano and on the 3rd and 4th of May in Bocconi University.

Participants will be split up into teams of 4 to 6 people and will have to create an innovative startup idea to solve the challenge proposed by our main partners.

The event will be held on two separate weekends, one at Politecnico di Milano and one at Bocconi University.

The first weekend will be centered around gaining the knowledge necessary for participants to develop their projects. They will be taught technical information regarding the main topic of the challenge along with information about how to create a startup and an effective product.

Between the two weekends, the participants work together with their teams to build the best possible pitch deck, with the help of their mentors and have a shot at winning the challenge. 
They have to submit their pitch decks before the start of the second weekend.

During the second weekend, the top 10 teams have to pitch their ideas in person to a jury of professionals involved in the challenge.
There will also be a startup showcase where up and coming startups can present their ideas to students interested in the entrepreneurial world.

Pitch Deck

At the end of the week, each team will be required to deliver a Pitch Deck in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. 

The structure required for the pitch deck is the following:

  1. Tagline: using the company’s value proposition

  2. Problem: what is the problem we are trying to solve? what is the context?

  3. Solution: what is our proposed solution?

  4. Product/service: how does it work? what are its benefits?

  5. Market size: what is the potential demand for our product/service?

  6. Business Model: using business model canvas principles on sales channels, revenue streams, cost structure, key partners

  7. Competition: who are our competitors and how do we differentiate from them? what are the main barriers and competitive factors?

  8. Roadmap: how will we plan our go-to market strategy over time? What are the most important milestones?


Together with the pitch deck teams can choose to deliver a prototype: any item, form of media, or document that can give an idea of how the product/service works.
Examples are a previewing website page, a render or model of a physical product, sketches, a video, or any other format. The prototype is not mandatory but is suggested for clarity purpose