One key element in the startup ecosystem is funding.

Velocity is committed to providing funding in a way that is useful to startups by incorporating application, interview and pitch experience into its funding program.

The Velocity Fund is a grant program that awards $375,000 each year to local startups through its Velocity Fund $25K and Velocity Fund $5K programs. Three times a year, Velocity hosts the Velocity Fund Finals, a pitch competition, where $125,000 in prizes is awarded.

Velocity Fund $25K

Three times a year, startups can apply to compete for one of four $25,000 prizes. The top applicants are invited to interview with a panel of Velocity leaders and alumni and the top 10 are invited to present their pitches at the Velocity Fund Finals.

An additional prize of $10,000 is awarded to the most innovative hardware startup winner at the Velocity Fund Finals.

Velocity Fund $5K

Students with innovative ideas are invited to pitch at the Velocity Fund $5K Qualifiers, held each term. Up to 20 teams pitch each night across two nights to a panel of judges from the local startup community. The top 10 are invited to pitch at the Velocity Fund Finals for their chance to win one of three $5,000 prizes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a current student, or are alumni eligible? When is a company “too mature” to compete for VF? Read the full list of FAQs here.

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