Get everything you need to compete
Did you know students at any of the nine divisions of Johns Hopkins University are eligible to compete in HopStart? Read all of our requirements before you register.
HopStart spans three months and includes two stages of competition. See our complete timeline of events and important deadlines before you get started.
Competitor registration closes on February 14, 2022. Read our registration guidelines to learn more about getting signed up for this year's competition.
The competition includes three asynchronous rounds, mentorship periods, a pitch video submission, and live final presentations. Make sure you are prepared for each step along the way.
Get the HopStart 2023 LivePlan Template
HopStart begins in February with two asynchronous virtual rounds of competition. In these rounds, competitors will complete various parts of their business plan using the LivePlan platform.
Get early access to plan content
Want to see what's on the plan in advance? Click through for a blank copy of the template.
Use of Competition Materials: The Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University reserves the right to use any material prepared for HopStart: Hopkins New Venture Challenge for the purpose of publicizing and promoting the event. The Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University may use these materials in any printed materials and any videotape or other medium that it may produce. The Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University may videotape any portion of the competition and utilize these tapes in any way that it sees fit.
Changes to Competition Rules: While not anticipated, HopStart rules and prizes are subject to change at any time. Interpretation of the rules will be at the sole discretion of The Center for Leadership Education, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University.
Decisions regarding the Competition and the Winners: All decisions regarding the competition rules, procedures, and processes are at the sole discretion of the Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University. Changes and/or interpretations of these rules may be made by the Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University at any time, even though they may be (or may appear to be) in conflict with some previously published information. The selection of teams and winners is at the sole discretion of the judges and the Center for Leadership Education.