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Application to Compete and 3 Minute Video:


Detailed Judging Criteria: 3 Minute Video


Ten-Page Business Plan:


Detailed Judging Criteria: Ten-Page Business Plan  





Trade Show Round

The Trade Show is noted as the most exciting round of the competition and takes place on Friday, April 26. Teams are encouraged to set up intricate displays and pitch the team's business concept to judges. The judges will be comprised of two sectors: student judges and business leaders. All judges are given $10,000 "Shocker Dollars" to invest in a portfolio of teams that they consider "most viable" - most likely to succeed in the marketplace. At the end of the event, investment dollars will be tallied. The six teams with the most investments will advance to the Finals. Advancing teams will be notified via email.

Man at trade show talking to a judge.




The Final Round is open to viewing by all competition participants, judges, faculty, students, and the public. Each team will have 14 minutes to present and 8 minutes for Q&A from the judges panel. After all presentations are finished, judges will deliberate and by process of consensus select the award recipients. Awards will be granted at the Awards Ceremony in the KFBF Innovation Hub of Devlin Hall at 5 p.m.

Final presentations on Friday, May 3:

  • Presentations: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Devlin Hall, 107
  • Deliberation: 4 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Award Ceremony & Reception: 4 - 5:30 p.m., Devlin Hall
    • Winners announced at 5 p.m.
Man talking to blurred audience.