Hosted by the Center for Leadership Education, HopStart: Hopkins New Venture Challenge (formerly the JHU Business Plan Competition) is an annual startup competition that challenges Johns Hopkins students to develop a business plan around a novel idea and pitch their plan to industry leaders.
Throughout two stages of competition held during the spring of each year, students build an understanding of their target market and competitors, craft an effective market entry strategy, and present their plans to industry professionals on competition day.
Learn more about the history of the competition.
Compete in HopStart 2024
Eligibility and Registration
Please read our eligibility requirements and registration guidelines before registering for the competition.
Stay informed on important dates and deadlines in the competition. Get the competition timeline.
Learn more about successfully completing each stage of the competition. Get the Competition Instructions.
Become a Judge or Mentor
Join us as a HopStart judge or mentor and share your expertise with students who are innovating to solve some of today’s most pressing problems. Mentors help student teams perfect their business plans and pitches in advance of competition day, while judges evaluate pitches, provide feedback, and network with teams in person on competition day.
Read through our frequently asked questions for competitors, judges, and mentors.