Message from the Director

john-hull-largeAt the Oregon New Venture Championship (NVC), each competing team has the opportunity to create something extraordinary. By working through business plans, crafting compelling pitches, and absorbing professional feedback, participants build skills that will serve them throughout their professional lives. Some of the team members you meet here will continue to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. Others will bring their can-do spirit to larger organizations, enabling these to respond swiftly to the demands of an evolving global marketplace. Whatever they choose to do in the future, what our competitors past and future learn here will enable them to excel and lead.

Furthermore, NVC judges are routinely sited as the best, most engaged, and helpful on the competition circuit. You have the foresight to foster the world’s next generation of innovators. Your feedback—drawn from your own experiences—means the world to our competitors.

Innovation is a proud tradition for the state of Oregon. Our pioneering culture has long embraced those who possess both the vision to recognize great ideas and the practical know-how to make those ideas a reality. These are the courageous entrepreneurial leaders whose efforts may change not just our region but also our nation and the world.

In an era of accelerating change, innovative ideas and strong business skills are our most useful tools. It’s not always easy to bridge the gap between a market need and a real solution—especially on a global scale. But to tackle the challenges of the future, the world needs fearless leaders who can recognize new ideas and build upon them.

John Hull
Competition Director, New Venture Championship
University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business