Build a startup from the ground up.

Sept. 22-24, University of Illinois

54 is a 3-day event where students from different backgrounds come together to form teams and launch a successful startup. No experience required. Just bring yourself, some friends and good ideas. Food and drinks will be provided.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Whether you’re an artist or a social worker, a doctor or an entrepreneur, want to change the world with your ideas, or simply just want to have some fun, 54 is for you!

Have an idea? 54 is the perfect place to meet team members that can help bring your idea to life.
Don’t have an idea? No problem. Bring a unique perspective. Teams will need designers, developers, marketers, and you!

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

54 builds strong friendships and sustainable businesses that last even after the event is over. Startups are powered aircrafts, not projectiles.

Cash Prizes: The top three teams will walk away with some money to help turn their idea into a reality.
Dinner: The top teams get a networking dinner with our sponsors.
Real Startups: Some of our past winners include Amber Waves, Mymetrics, and FreeSkies.

404: QUESTION NOT FOUND?

Have a question that’s not listed here? Feel free to email one of our coordinators, Matt or Shivani, or join our Facebook group for updates.

DAY 1: PLAN

Introduction
Pitch Fest
Team Formation
Brainstorming

DAY 2: BUILD

Market Research
Mentoring
Prototyping
Business Evaluation

DAY 3: LAUNCH

Presentation
Judging
Prizes

Sponsors Coming Soon