A startup competition for student founders,
hosted by WorkBench at the University of Southern California.
A five part series, our founders spend their first four meetings workshopping their pitches as a cohort. At WorkBench, we emphasize practicing in a collaborative environment. We find that often the best advice comes from fellow founders.
The WorkBench Leadership Family, along with our angel and VC partners, will host office hours for founders to refine their pitches throughout the entire program.
Our fifth and final meeting will be judged by a panel of experts and attended by industry professionals, where we will award our first place WorkBench Cup Prize.
Major : B.A. Thesis Candidate - Diabetes Research
Minor : Cinematic Arts
Hometown : Chicago, IL
"Startups expedite innovation and impact in a way no other form will allow."Meet Andrew
Major : B.A. Communications
Minor : Business Law & Consumer Behavior
Hometown : Los Angeles, CA
"I love stories, storytelling, and storycrafting. Every startup has a story, and I am passionate about helping founders find their own."Meet Eden
Major : B.S. Computer Science
Minor : Business Finance
Hometown : Los Altos, CA
"Startups are a true test of vision, execution, and culture. Founders who learn to align all three have the power to rewrite norms."Meet Alec
Major : B.S. Business Administration
Minor : East Asian Language & Culture
Hometown : Charlotte, NC
"Startups provide an unbelievably exciting platform to work with the brightest and bravest individuals the world has to offer. There is truly limitless opportunity - you never know if you’re working with the next Elon Musk of our generation, and it may just be yourself."Meet Greg
Major : B.S. Computer Science Business Administration
Minor : Entrepreneurship
Hometown : Mumbai, India
"Startups are proof that some ideas are too important to leave untried."Meet Yashvi
Major : B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering
Emphasis in Information Systems
Hometown : Ridgefield, CT
"Startups are a reflection of passion and the grit to share that passion with the world."Meet Freddy
Our generous sponsors have granted more than $50k in SaaS and consulting credits toward our prize package.
Our sponsors include :
We have a judge panel of VCs, angels, and entrepreneurs who will determine our final prize winner.
Quantimark MarketingMeet Todd
SC Capital PartnersMeet Steven
Javelin Venture PartnersMeet Vivian
LvlUp VCMeet Brandon
Spark XYZ, Tech Coast AngelsMeet Lucas
Global Founders Capital, Athena FellowsMeet Nelson
The Dorm Room FundMeet Hillary
Hustle FundMeet Brian
The Seed LabMeet Jesse
The Seed LabMeet George
Our Spring '21 Cohort includes startups across 7 university campuses.
These universities include :