Rules


  1. Each team must consist of at least two (2) students from participating universities but can have students from other universities. For this contest, eligible 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 participating students.
  3. Students are eligible to participate in only one (1) team but each team can have multiple entries.
  4. Team composition is final at the close of submission deadline (see Key Dates page).
  5. Students who are also teacher assistants are eligible to participate in the contest, although can’t be part of a team where students they have a direct instructional role are members.
  6. All team activities related to this contest are to occur during non-classroom hours, although this opportunity may be communicated in class at the discretion of the faculty member. All students participating in this contest are expected to fulfill their normal coursework requirements.
  7. Faculty are not expected to rearrange class work schedules to accommodate team activities.
  8. Submission includes the team name, team members, a summary of the entry, and a two (2) minute video describing the idea. The video should be uploaded to YouTube and a link included with your submission. Create the video as you feel would best suit your idea. This information will be utilized to select teams for the second phase.
  9. The subject of the business idea must be original work of your team.
  10. Entry Submission: Teams must submit the information by October 1, 2019. 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. Make sure to include the YouTube video link on the document. Please send the PDF via email to fintechinnovation@dcu.org
  11. There are no specific requirements about what your submission must include, other than the two (2) minute video with an overview of your idea. Our recommendation is to include the level of information necessary for us to understand your idea and the benefit it would generate to users.
  12. A panel of judges from DCU, and DCU Fintech Innovation Center will evaluate all entry submissions and identify the top teams eligible to move forward to the second phase.
  13. The second phase will be a live four (4) minute pitch to be presented on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10AM to 2PM, at the DCU Fintech Innovation Center. Address: 695 Atlantic Ave, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02111. More details will be sent to the selected teams.
  14. For the presentation on 10/26, please send your Executive Summary and Power Point slides to fintechinnovation@dcu.org by the end of the day Thursday, October 24, 2019. The Executive Summary must be maximum two (2) pages long. This executive summary will be the basis for initial review. Although there are no standards for content of this executive summary, please use reasonable font size and margins. Unreadable entries will be disqualified from the competition.
  15. In addition to the Executive Summary and Power Point slides, 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 submission email by the end of the day, October 24, 2019.
  16. A panel of judges from DCU, and DCU Fintech Innovation Center will evaluate all presentations and identify the top teams to move to the Final phase.
  17. The Final phase will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10AM to 12PM, at the DCU Fintech Innovation Center. Address: 695 Atlantic Ave, 9th floor, Boston, MA 02111. More details will be sent to the selected teams.
  18. 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.
  19. For teams selected as finalists, at least one member of the team must be willing to present the team’s entry to the judges. All team members are expected to participate in the Q&A portion of the presentation.
  20. 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.
  21. 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 judge's overall assessment.
  22. Prize money will be awarded at the end of the contest. The individual prize will be awarded to all registered team members.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. To add your university or college to this contest, please email fintechinnovation@dcu.org with your contact info.