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The competition has four phases:

  • Elevator Pitch: A two-minute presentation accompanied by a single PowerPoint slide.
    Saturday, October 28, 2017.  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Landrum Bolling Center, Loose Lecture Hall.
    Video (1:53:25)
  • Cameo Round: Includes a business model canvas, a five-page paper about the business idea and a five-minute PowerPoint presentation.
    Saturday, December 2, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Landrum Bolling Center, Loose Lecture Hall.
  • Cameo Round Winners/Final Round/Judges Prep Review: This is the session like seen on Shark Tank.
    Saturday March 3, 2018.  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CoLab, The Nook.
  • Finals Round: A status report, a business plan and a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation.
    Saturday, March 31, 2018.  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Carpenter Hall, Goddard Auditorium.

Judges will look for innovation, social impact, quality of the materials presented and the entry’s potential for success in the marketplace.