2015 Field Trip

May 28-29 | Los Angeles, CA

Come meet and hear pitches from 18 of the Nation’s top college startups

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Recess is a music + ideas festival that brings together successful entrepreneurs, the coolest new startups and the hottest acts in music to inspire the next generation of world changing entrepreneurs.

Campus Tour Dates

March 28, 2015
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April 7, 2015
Indiana University
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April 10, 2015
Georgetown W/ The Chainsmokers + Matt & Kim
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April 17, 2015
Sacred Heart University w/ The Chainsmokers + Kyle
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April 23, 2015
Kent State w/ The Chainsmokers + KYLE
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April 27, 2015
Virginia Tech w/ The Chainsmokers + KYLE
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April 29, 2015
Maine w/ The Chainsmokers + KYLE
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April 30, 2015
RECESS Lowell w/ The Chainsmokers
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May 1, 2015
University of Maryland w/ The Chainsmokers
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May 28, 2015
Field Trip Startup Playground + Opening Party
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May 29, 2015
Field Trip Top College Startup Pitches + Closing Party
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Pitch Competition

Take Your Idea From The Dorm Room To The Board Room

For an idea to be truly transformative, it need to venture beyond the warmth and safety of the dormroom. That’s where The Pitch comes in. It is an unprecedented chance to present and defend concepts on a grand scale, and make the transition from a theory and speculation to a startup and a success

The winning team from each school and 5 At-Large spots open to any US College student win an all-expenses paid trip to the Recess Field Trip in Los Angeles, CA May 28-30th for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet investors, advisors, and mentors.

  • March 23rd At Large Bid Application Opens
  • March 31st - April 26th Pitch Submission Deadlines (vary by school)
  • March 28 - May 1st Live Pitch on RECESS Tour Dates (vary by school)
  • May 8th At Large Bids Deadline
  • May 28 - May 30 RECESS Field Trip

Study Hall Speakers

Study Hall is not about lectures and note-taking, it’s about ideas and inspiration. True innovators today aren’t following the rules, they’re writing them. And here is where they share stories and stretch imaginations. Students leave empowered to blaze their own trails and inspired to define their own destinies.

Alex Pall

Artist / Producer
The Chainsmokers

Andrew Maguire

Founder & CEO

B. Bonin Bough

Vice President of Global Media and Consumer Engagement
Mondelez International

Chip Conley

Founder + Editor-In-Chief, Fest300
Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, Airbnb

Dan MacCombie


Dhani Jones

Qey Capital

Drew Taggart

Artist / Producer
The Chainsmokers

Jake Schneider

Madison House

Jermaine Dupri

Founder & CEO

Justin Kan

Y Combinator

Maggie Musgrave

Senior Analyst
Innovate Indiana Fund

Tom Montgomery

Chubbies Shorts

Jon Youshaei


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The Playground

The Playground is where it all begins. It’s where relationships form and imagination takes hold. A pulsing, interactive fair that blends students with startups, and brands with believers. This is the place where students discover new ideas and establish new connections. For brands, it is an opportunity not just for exposure, but the chance to cultivate and build advocates and ambassadors .

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