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NOVA Idea Competition

Do you have something that may be turned into a business but don't how to make the leap? The best Business Plan competition from NOVA is coming! The NOVA IDEA COMPETITION, based on an integrated approach! Do you want to build a successful story? Do you need €1.000? Do you want to test your idea in one of the best accelaration programs in the word? For all of this, you need to sign up!

The NOVA IDEA COMPETITION is an annual initiative of the Entrepreneurship Office of the Rectory of NOVA that aims to give students an integrated learning experience.

This initiative is directed to all students of NOVA who must form teams with three elements from at least two different NOVA schools.

The main objectives of this initiative are: 

  1. Encourage the entrepreneurship culture among students of NOVA
  2. Promote multidisciplinary and cross-cultural work as teams are formed from students of different schools
  3. Reinforce the entrepreneurship training at NOVA schools

Evaluation Criteria

The Juri will evaluate the Business Plans according to the following criteria:

  1. Size of potential market defined in the Business Plan
  2. Quality of the team, measured by qualifications, diversity and complementarity of its members;
  3. Quality of the idea, measured by the explanation by the team of market needs versus  product/service/technology capabilities to fulfill those
  4. Innovation of the idea;
  5. Capacity of quantification of the key business elements
  6. Quality of the business strategy
  7. Suitability of the funding structure presented


13-05-2018 | Executive Summary (5 pages) - send by e-mail to novaidea@unl.pt
18-05-2018 | Business plan (15 pages) - send by e-mail to novaidea@unl.pt
23-05-2018 | Final Pitch –NOVA University of Lisbon, 6.00 pm

Executive Summary

max. 5 pages in Portuguese or English


The problem 
Value proposition 
Target market
Intelectual property 
The team 

Juri NOVA Idea Competition

Professor Isabel Rocha (Pro-Rector for Entrepreneurship)
Professor Paulo Pinho (Nova SBE)
Dr. Miguel Fontes (Startup Lisboa) (to be confirmed)
European Innovation Academy (to be confirmed)


1st Prize – the winning team will be awarded 3 tickets for the European Innovation Academy (worth 5,097 €) and a scholarship of 1,500 €.

2nd Prize – the second place team will be awarded 2 tickets for the European Innovation Academy (worth 3,398 €) and a scholarship of 1,000 €.

3rd Prize – the third place team will be awarded a scholarship of 1,000 €