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Rules


  1. Each team must consist of majority Worcester State University students, but can have an outside participant. For this contest, Worcester State University students include any undergraduates enrolled in classes during the current semester (including part-time and evening classes).
  2. A team may consist of two (2) to five (5) members, with the majority being represented by Worcester State University students.
  3. Students are eligible to participate on only one (1) team, but can have multiple entries.
  4. Team composition is final at the close of registration (March 9, 2018).
  5. Registration: Each team must be officially registered into the contest online here, or by sending an email to innovations@dcu.org on or before the deadline (March 9, 2018). This includes identifying the team name, team members, and a short summary of the planned entry (maximum of one paragraph). This should provide a very high level description of the area being focused on by your team. It is understood that specifics will not have been worked out at this point.
  6. The subject of the business idea must be original work of your team.
  7. Entry Submission: Teams must submit entry by March 16, 2018. Teams can create their entry using any software they have access to, although all entries must be converted to a .PDF file format (under 10 MB) for submission. Please send this via email to innovations@dcu.org.
  8. Registration: Each team must be officially registered into the contest online here, or by sending an email to UMLinnovations@dcu.org on or before the deadline (March 9, 2018). This includes identifying the team name, team members, and a brief summary of the planned entry (maximum of one paragraph). This should provide a very high level description of the area being focused on by your team. It is understood that specifics will not have been worked out at this point.
  9. A panel of judges from DCU and Worcester State University faculty and alumni will evaluate all entry submissions and identify the top teams eligible to move forward to make a final presentation.
  10. Entry Submission: Teams must submit entry by March 16, 2018. Teams can create their entry using any software they have access to, although all entries must be converted to a .PDF file format (under 10 MB) for submission. Please send this via email to UMLinnovations@dcu.org
  11. In addition to the executive summary, you may (at your discretion) provide an appendix of up to 3 additional pages of supporting information. Any such materials must be included in the complete submission by the deadline, March 16, 2018.
  12. For teams selected as finalists, each team will need to attend a series of workshops the week of April 3 that will provide one-on-one coaching and a rocket pitch session. Times and Dates TBD. At least half of the team members must attend each workshop.
  13. For teams selected as finalists, all members of the team must attend and participate in a presentation of the team’s entry to the judges.
  14. In addition to the executive summary, you may (at your option) provide an appendix of up to 3 additional pages of supporting information. Any such materials must be included in the complete submission by the deadline, March 16, 2018.
  15. This is anticipated to be a presentation of up to 5 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes available for judges’ questions. Timeframes may be adjusted based on the number of finalists selected.
  16. The executive summary submission and presentation are each considered as part of the judging process. Each judge has the discretion to determine the weight each is given. Generally, the presentation portion will represent a significant portion of each judges' overall assessment.
  17. Prize money will be awarded at the end of the contest (April 25, 2018). A team prize will be awarded to all registered team members.
  18. Mentors and judges may not charge for any services provided during the competition. Additionally, they may not enter into contracts with any involved teams, individuals, or companies during the competition.
  19. Mentors are not permitted to write any part of the executive summaries, plans, or presentations. They are asked to act in an advisory role to the team and not write or edit the plans themselves. This ensures fairness to all the teams and maximizes the educational value found in writing a business plan by the students.