Best of Student Startups (BOSS)

Are you looking for a way to make your business idea, product, or service a reality?
Boss team of 8 students 5 standing and 3 kneeling from 2019 in front of maker space


Through a series of interactive workshops, students are provided valuable information and coaching to help get startup ideas off the ground. At the end of the program, five teams are selected to pitch idea at the BOSS (Best of Student Startup) Finale. 

The winning team is awarded funding to support the business venture and automatic invitation to be one of eleven ventures invited to pitch at President’s Buckeye Accelerator Pitch Finale in spring 2023*. The other 10 student ventures will earn a spot through the pre-accelerator, Boost Camp. Six student ventures will be chosen for the year-long President’s Buckeye Accelerator and advance their startup for launch with a $50,000 award.   

*Terms and conditions

Autumn 2022 Program Timeline
BOSS ApplicationOpensAug. 85:00 p.m.
BOSS ApplicationClosesSept. 2311:59 p.m.
BOSS Orientation Program kickoff (students receive notification after accepted application)     Sept. 216"30-8:30 p.m.
BOSS Workshop: 1Problem Identification, the pitch, and the why?Sept. 27Noon - 1:30 p.m.
BOSS Workshop: 2Customer validation, market researchOct. 11Noon - 1:30 p.m.
BOSS Pitches: Examples      Review past successful BOSS pitchesWeek of Oct. 17   TBD
BOSS Workshop: 3Storytelling, business model Oct. 25Noon - 1:30 p.m.
BOSS Pitches: Round 1Students pitches (sign ups begin in October)Nov. 3 - 9Various
BOSS FinaleSelected students pitches Nov. 175:30 - 7:30 p.m.