What are the Requirements and Judging Criteria?

Screening Round



Judged on:

  • Market Opportunity—There is a clear market need or opportunity presented, as well as the ways to take advantage of it.
  • Distinctive Capability—The company provides something novel, unique, or special that gives it a competitive advantage in its market.
  • Management Capability—The team can effectively develop this company and handle the risks associated with the venture.
  • Financial Understanding—The team has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of the business.
  • Triple-Bottom Line—The plan addresses the “triple bottom-line” in terms of the new venture’s impact on people and the planet, in some meaningful way(s). 
  • Either:
    • Investment Potential—The business represents a real investment opportunity in which you would consider investing, or
    • Potential to Meet Stated Goals—Although the business and its plan may not be an appealing financial investment (lifestyle businesses, nonprofits, social enterprise, etc), it demonstrates a good ability to achieve the mission and goals of the entrepreneur and team.

Information from the Resource Nights

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018: Team Formation Night

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018: Customers and Market Research

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018: Marketing and Go to Market

Monday, Mar. 5, 2018: Financials and Projections