Round 3: Semi-Final Presentation

Round 3: Semi-Final Presentations

The third round of the Competition will be held over three days, one day for each track on April 3, 2017 (Tech Ventures), April 4, 2017 (New Ventures) and April 5, 2017 (Social Ventures). The semi-finalists will pitch to a panel of judges who are experts in the area of each respective track.

Presentation to Judges

The time limit for a team's first presentation is 12 minutes. These presentations may be accompanied by PowerPoint slides (no other slide technology will be allowed in order to ensure compatibility with available projection resources). The judges will then have up to 8 minutes for questions and answers.

All team members must participate significantly in their team's oral presentation, while non-team members may not participate. However, individuals' presentation times need not be equal. In the event of extraordinary circmstances, a team may request permission fr a team member to present via a pre-recorded video segment.

Following the presentations, the winners of each of the special prizes and the ranking of the top four teams will be announced and large checks will be presented (see Prizes). All decisions by the panel of judges are final.

Prize money will be paid to the winning ventures upon presentation of appropriate documentation regarding their companies/organizations. The winners of cash prizes are required to provide incorporation and ownership documents to GW about their venture and their use of the prize money. All prize money must be claimed within one year of the Final Presentation.

 

 

Judge's Evaluation Criteria

New Ventures Track

Semifinal oral presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

Customer Need and Market Opportunity (15%)
There is a clear market need presented as well as a way to take advantage of that need.

Value Proposition/Distinctive Competence (15%)
The company provides something novel/unique/special that gives it a competitive advantage.

Management Capability (15%)
This team can effectively develop the company and handle the risks associated with the venture.

Financial Understanding (15%)
This team has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of the business.

Investment/Impact Potential (15%)
The business represents a real investment opportunity in which you would consider investing.

Clarity of Presentation (10%)
The information follows a logical and clear flow throughout the presentation.

Enthusiasm & Persuasiveness (10%)
The team is passionate about their business idea and presents a convincing argument for its success

Quality of Presentation Materials (5%)
The slides are creative, offer relevant information, and do not cause a distraction.

Social Ventures Track

Semifinal oral presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

Social Need and Opportunity (15%)
There is an evidence-based social need and discussion of a specific opportunity to address that need.

Value Proposition for Social Impact(15%)
The value the venture brings to its targeted beneficiaries/customers is clearly stated, and the venture creates social change in a compelling or unique way.

Management Capability (15%)
This team has or can get the skills needed for its core operating team, board of directors, and/or advisory board. 

Financial Understanding (15%)
This team has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of the venture.

Investment/Impact Potential (15%)
The venture represents a real opportunity to create social value. It can be sustained over time, and you would consider funding it or investing in it.

Clarity of Presentation (10%)
The information follows a logical and clear flow throughout the presentation.

Enthusiasm & Persuasiveness (10%)
The team is passionate about their venture idea and presents a convincing argument for its success

Quality of Presentation Materials (5%)
The slides are creative, offer relevant information, and do not cause a distraction.

Technology Ventures Track

Semifinal oral presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

Customer Need and Market Opportunity (15%)
There is a clear market need presented as well as a way to take advantage of that need.

Value Proposition/Distinctive Competence (15%)
The company provides something innovative that gives it a competitive advantage. The company has valuable technology.

Management Capability (15%)
This team can effectively develop the company and handle the risks associated with the venture.

Financial Understanding (15%)
This team has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of the business.

Investment/Impact Potential (15%)
The business represents a real investment opportunity in which you would consider investing.

Clarity of Presentation (10%)
The information follows a logical and clear flow throughout the presentation.

Enthusiasm & Persuasiveness (10%)
The team is passionate about their business idea and presents a convincing argument for its success

Quality of Presentation Materials (5%)
The slides are creative, offer relevant information, and do not cause a distraction.

100 Teams Advance to 2nd Round!

Watch Past Finalists' Presentations