2 Minutes to Win It

Enter your idea for the 2014 competition here.

Finalists of the 2013 "2 Minutes to Win It" Business Idea Competition"

          Left-Right: Mitchell Sweeting, Jasmine Miller, Sajin Chhabra, Nicole McComb, Bryan Toney, Jan Szelkowski

First Place
Nicole McComb – Love it Find it
Second Place
Sajin Chhabra – Bio Pay
Third Place
Mitchell Sweeting – My Bra
Best Presentation
Jasmine Miller – Active Hands

2014 Finalists

2013 Finalists

"2 Minutes to Win It" Business Idea Competition

The N.C. Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG is sponsoring  the “2 Minutes to Win It”  business idea contest, open to full-time students who are at least 18 years old at UNCG, NCAT, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Bennett College, Elon University, Guilford Tech and High Point University.  Prizes will include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and $250 for best presentation.

Entering is easy. Students develop original ideas for any type of business or social entrepreneurship venture.  The only exceptions are that ideas can’t be franchises or something that has already been started by the student. Students can enter multiple times, but all ideas must be submitted online by Oct. 18.

Contest finalists will be notified by Oct. 31, at which time they’ll be invited to attend a workshop to get some tips on how to make an elevator pitch. On Nov. 19, each of the 20 finalists will have two minutes to pitch his or her idea to a panel of entrepreneur judges as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Prizes will be announced at a reception to follow.Greensbor Partnership Entrepreneur Connection
The reception is sponsored by the Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection.

The contest is presented by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center which provides co-curricular and outreach programs to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and serves as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina and beyond. Other sponsors for the event are:


MagneticIdeas   Brooks Pierce




Hosted by:

JSNN Gateway





How to enter:

1) Come up with an original business idea. It can be any type of business or social entrepreneurship venture, any size, any location (including virtual). The only thing it can't be is a franchise. It must be your original idea and it cannot be something that you have already started.
2) Develop a creative name for your business, tell us where it will be located, develop a brief description, define your your target customers and how you will reach them, and provide some evidence as to why you think you've got a great idea. (A little outside research with some numbers or examples to support is always helpful!)
3) Submit this online form no later than midnight October 18, 2014. Enter as many times as you want as long as each idea is original. After you enter information about your idea, carefully read everything else on this page and electronically sign the form before you hit Submit.

Enter your idea here.

It's that simple! If you have any questions, contact Jan Szelkowski at jiszelko@uncg.edu, 336-256-8649 or Justin Streuli at jtstreuli@uncg.edu or 336-256-8647 for more information.


The best 20 ideas will be selected through blind judging. Only the information about your idea will be revealed in the first round of judging. Judges will not know your name, major, year in school, or any other identifying information. Contest finalists will be notified by October 31. Each finalist will be invited to a short workshop to get some tips on how to do a pitch. All twenty finalists will make their pitches to a panel of entrepreneur judges on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). The judges will vote on the best idea and the winner will receive $1,000! Other monetary prizes will be awarded to runners up.