Win $10,000 in the Vigor, Vibe and Venture business challenge.

Submissions for the second V3 Challenge are no longer accepted.

New submissions will be accepted again late summer.


The Rowland School of Business (RSB) at Point Park University and Above to Below present the Biannual Vigor, Vibe and Venture (V3) Challenge. Anyone with a concept, product, or an existing business is encouraged to compete in this unique opportunity. We will infuse [vigor] in the form of $10,000 as we assist you in enhancing your entrepreneurial [vibe] know-how, and work to allow your idea [venture] to blossom.

Our goal is to make a meaningful impact upon your life-story. This is NOT just another venture capital competition that gives money to companies with a proven track record; this is a competition for everyone - all walks of life, all stages of the concept or business.

Through distinctive, experiential learning opportunities, the Rowland School of Business at Point Park University is building one of the most dynamic business education programs in the nation. Through collaboration with Pittsburgh’s leading corporate and non-profit entities, civil and community organizations and leadership, Point Park University students are offered real-world work experience, enabling them to compete and excel when they graduate, and beyond.

The V3 Challenge is a unique platform to give back to the University that challenged and propelled the benefactor to achieve success. Through Above to Below, a business consulting firm, this challenge will connect the Point Park University to Pittsburgh businesses for the purpose of providing students with experiential opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.

Applicants of the V3 Challenge will have the opportunity to work with the University and students to help further their understanding more formal aspects of business, such as (but not limited to) financial projections, marketing strategies, and business plans.

The winner of the V3 Challenge will receive an investment of $10,000, an entrepreneurial mentorship from Above to Below in the form of monthly check-ins for one year, and the opportunity to present to at least one Point Park University class and at least one Rowland School of Business event on their journey.

2021 submissions will be accepted from February 1 until May 15th 11:59pm (extended).


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2021 spring submissions are no longer accepted.