STARTUP SHOWCASE APPLICANT GUIDELINES
Welcome! We hope you decide to apply to the 2021 Startup Showcase competition. First, please read all the rules on our web site: http://business.illinoisstate.edu/means/startup/ Below are some additional tips and information to help you understand the application, the competition phases, and the judging process.
Creativity and design features of the video are left to each entrant with an understanding the intrigue factor of the presentation may impact judges. A group of university faculty will judge all videos and select the finalists. Ten finalists will be invited to present at the competition. Finalists will be notified of their selection within one week after the deadline to submit applications has passed.
THE COMPETITION ON NOVEMBER 12, 2021
The finalists will be asked to make a presentation to a group of esteemed judges on the date published above. Contestants will be allowed eight (8) minutes to present their ideas, and judges will be allowed seven (7) minutes to ask questions. Contestants may use power point or other visuals as part of their presentation. Those materials must be submitted on a flash drive in advance. Actual products may be displayed.
Participants selected as finalists must appear and pitch their ideas in person. Any individual or team member who fails to appear at the competition will forfeit all rights in the competition and will be disqualified.
Finalists will be coached and prepared for the final competition. Attendance at coaching events is mandatory.
The judges’ decisions will be final. All participants will be disqualified if they, or someone on their behalf, attempt to approach a judge in connection with this competition.
If you have any questions, please contact Professor Terry Lowe.