Thank you from the HopStart team!

We would like to thank all of our competitors, judges, mentors, faculty and staff at the Center for Leadership Education, and everyone who made this year's HopStart: Hopkins New Venture Challenge possible. Check out this year's winners on our recap page.

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About HopStart: Hopkins New Venture Challenge

Did you know next year's event will be our 23rd competition? Over the years, HopStart has grown from just 20 competitors to over 200 and from just 6 judges to over 40.

The Garrick Ahn Award

The Garrick Ahn Award honors a team in each category who pitches a particularly viable venture. With this award, the Center for Leadership Education recognizes teams who have carefully considered the feasibility of their concept through the creation of their business plan and delivery of their pitch on Competition Day. This award is made possible through a generous gift by Garrick Ahn (WSE ‘90).


The extensive feedback and conversations with mentors really forces competitors to do a deeper dive on all the subsections of the business plan, and because of that, the BPC is ideal for startups at all stages.


Ronak Mahatme
'21 Competitor

One of my favorite things about the competition is being inspired by everything that the other student entrepreneurs are building. It’s always very exciting to see what they do, and we can learn a lot from them too.

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Vinicius Lepca
'21 Competitor

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