Baltimore, MD

HopStart 2024Join us for HopStart 2024! Current Hopkins undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students are invited to participate in our annual business plan and pitch competition. Over several rounds of competition running from mid-February to competition day on April 26, teams will submit business plans and develop pitches for their exciting and innovative startup ideas. Teams will receive mentorship from industry professionals while developing their plans, and will pitch to panels of judges over two rounds of competition on April 26 for the opportunity to win up to $5,000 in prize money to further their ventures. 

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.

Inn at The Colonnade Baltimore – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4 West University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218


  • 8:00 AM-9:00 AM Check-in and Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM9:15 AM Opening Remarks
  • 9:30 AM11:45 AM Round 1 Presentations
  • 12:00 PM1:00 PM Lunch and Finalists Announcement
  • 1:15 PM4:15 PM Final Round Presentations
  • 4:30 PM6:00 PM Reception and Awards Ceremony