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Welcome to the 37th INSEAD Venture Competition (IVC)

The INSEAD Venture Competition is previously referred to as the Lister Vickery Competition in honour of the memory of the late Lister Vickery (MBA 66) who, in 1982, succeeded in developing the first entrepreneurship elective course at INSEAD.

The competition was founded in the year 2000 and has been a central element in INSEAD’s entrepreneurship vision. It was rebranded as the INSEAD Venture Competition (IVC) in December 2012. MBA and EMBA students work on their venture projects during their INSEAD programme, ideally leveraging the different courses and entrepreneurship electives. The competition represents a natural and exciting step in the venture’s development, allowing teams to pitch their venture concept and planning.

The total prize purse for the competition is divided as follows:

  • €35,000 for Thomas C. Barry Prize
  • €15,000 for 2nd place winner
  • €5,000 for Patrick Turner MBA'78 Prize
  • Up to €10,000 for Coromandel Foundation Social Impact Award (Optional*)
  • €5,000 for Low Tech Award (Optional*)

*To be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel.

The awards are valuable to help the winners of the competition to start up their new

venture. They will also gain credibility and exposure to an audience, as well as excitement and momentum to take their ventures forward. Read more about it under Eligibility & Rules.

2018 Supporters

We are grateful to the following supporters of the IVC:

  • Rudolf Maag MBA’73 & Valeria Maag
  • Thomas C. Barry
  • Sajan Koch, EMBA’08D
  • Kathryn From, MBA‘91J
  • Ian Brown, IEP’00
  • JISR Ventures
  • All Alumni and Friends of INSEAD who donated to the Patrick Turner MBA’78 Memorial Fund
  • National Alumni Association UK Entrepreneurs Group Business Angel Event
  • MOHARA and Ben Blomerley, MBA'11J
  • Ben Ling, GEMBA’16A
  • Pacific Prime and Neil Raymond MBA'98J
  • David M. Roth

The IVC is organised by the Rudolf & Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship (ICE)