Sponsored by the Student Ventures Academy and SV E-Club

Deadline for Submissions:  November 1st, 2021

Winners Announced: December 1st, 2021

Prize:  $500.00 for the Winning Entry

Student Ventures (“StudVent”) is seeking student writers and videographers (“Student Storytellers”) who wish to participate in our International Student Startup Stories Contest. This contest starts immediately and will close on November 1st, 2021.

Student Storytellers must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and can be any level from undergraduate to postgraduate. Contestants must write or create a video of an original story according to the themes below. The Student Startup that is the subject of the story must also be founded and operated by students also in an accredited college or university. At least one cofounding team member must also be enrolled at a university.

Student Storytellers must be members of the Student Ventures Entrepreneurship Club (SVEC) aka “SV e-Club” or become new members before submission of their entry.  Membership for the first year is free.

Student Storytellers are also encouraged to submit photograph(s) or illustration in their written stories.

Written stories with content such as photographs and illustrations should not be more than 5 pages in length.  Video stories should not be more than 15 minutes in length.

Written stories will be uploaded in the form below. For video stories, please host initially on Vimeo, YouTube, or another video channel. StudVent will later request the actual files to host on its own YouTube channel.

Main Theme:  Student Entrepreneurship in Colleges and Universities

Subthemes of focus for this contest:

  • Stories of Student-led Startups

Rules, Requirements, Terms, Conditions and DIE:

Student Storyteller must be currently registered students at an accredited college or university.  Undergraduate, postgraduate, Masters, Law, Medicine, MBA, MFA, and PhD students are all welcome to enter the contest. Student photographers will submit photos in alignment with our main theme and a subtheme of their choice.


Student agrees to share copyright on all photographic entries. Student contestant agrees that the content produced will be shared in the public commons. StudVent may choose to use any submitted work on its websites or network of websites, or with other partners.

Specifically, the content will be placed in the Creative Commons (CC) under the Attribution-ShareAlike known as CC BY-SA .  You can view the license here https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/  Learn more about Creative Commons here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

With this creative license above, Student Ventures has the right to use any stories, photographs, illustrations, or video clips entered into the contest at any time.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DIE)

Student Ventures does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender preference, nationality, religion, age, or geographic region. We value diversity and seek to include all students in our activities and contests. Student photographers should not enter photographs of themselves or their families in order that we ensure a level and equitable evaluation platform.


The winner(s) will be announced within one month of the contest close and paid within one month of this announcement. We prefer PayPal or Dogecoin as a payment method. Student Storytellers may keep their funds for their own educational and artistic-related expenses. The winner(s) may also choose to donate the funds to the charity of their choice.


Student Storyteller contestants must be members of Student Ventures Entrepreneurship Club (SVEC), also known as the “”SV e-Club to participate. Membership is free to students at all levels including undergraduate, postgraduate, masters. Law, Medicine, MBA, MFA, and PhD.  Students may follow this link and sign up for the SVEC for a free one year’s membership,  Click here to signup.


Student Storyteller contestants agree to be interviewed by StudVent about their winning stories and will be asked qualitative questions about inspiration and choice of scene; technical questions about writing style, voice, technology, camera, and lighting; personal questions about background, motivation, life goals and near-term plans for developing their careers or exploring their hobby as a writer, photographer, illustrator, videographer, blogger, vlogger, or filmmaker.