Evaluation Criteria

Below is the evaluation criteria we use to review ideas submitted and determine who gets seeded. Judges rank each criteria on a scale from 1 to 5. The teams with the most points move on to the Pitch Screening and Selection round.

Question 1

Does the student describe the idea and the problem that it solves clearly?

  • 1 Point – No (After reading the description it is not clear what the idea is or what problem it is solving)
  • 2 Points
  • 3 Points – Somewhat ( The description gives a general understanding of the idea and the problem but some elements are unclear)
  • 4 Points
  • 5 Points – Yes (The description gives a complete understanding of the idea and the problem it is solving)

Is the idea the appropriate solution for the problem it is solving?

  • 1 Point – No (There are currently more effective ways to solve this problem)
  • 2 Points
  • 3 Points – Maybe (The idea could possibly be an effective solution)
  • 4 Points
  • 5 Points – Yes (The idea is more effective than current solutions)

Question 2

Is this the appropriate milestone for developing the idea into a viable business?

  • 1 Point – No (The student still needs to complete an earlier stage prior to moving forward)
  • 2 Points
  • 3 Points – Maybe (Work could still be done on earlier stages but is not necessary to move forward)
  • 4 Points
  • 5 Points – Yes (This milestone is necessary for the idea to move forward)

Question 3

Is this the appropriate amount of funding for the student to complete the milestone?

  • 1 Point – No (The student could complete this milestone for free or much less than requested)
  • 2 Points
  • 3 Points – Maybe (The student could complete the milestone with less funding)
  • 4 Points
  • 5 Points – Yes(The student needs this amount of funding to complete the milestone)

Question 4

Has the student identified customers for his or her idea?

  • 1 Point – No (The student has not identified customers)
  • 2 Points
  • 3 Points – Maybe (The student has possibly identified customers)
  • 4 Points
  • 5 Points – Yes (The student has identified customers)

Question 5

Has the student performed the proper amount of validation to ensure that there is interest in the idea?

  • 1 Point – No (The student has not had enough potential customers express interest)
  • 2 Points
  • 3 Points – Maybe ( The student has had a moderate amount of customers express interest)
  • 4 Points
  • 5 Points – Yes ( The student has had enough customers express interest)

Question 6

Has the student used a sufficient variety of search terms to identify similar ideas?

  • 1 Point – No (The student has only used a small variety of search terms)
  • 2 Points
  • 3 Points – Maybe (The student has used a moderate variety of search terms)
  • 4 Points
  • 5 Points – Yes (The student has used a large variety of search terms)

Questions 7

Is the student’s idea sufficiently differentiated from similar ideas?

  • 1 Point – No (Many competitors have similar offerings)
  • 2 Points
  • 3 Points – Maybe (Some competitors have similar offerings)
  • 4 Points
  • 5 Points – Yes (Very few or no competitors have similar offerings)