The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition prides itself on innovation and technical merit. Both of these values are hallmarks of the main organizing universities, and we strive to integrate them into every aspect of the competition. To do so, we have established a transparent judging process with no conflicts of interest between our judges and the teams that they are evaluating. All of our judging panels are composed of a mix of private and public investors, business leaders, and advisors – all of whom have years of experience investing or advising in their respective industries. Moreover, we ensure to have technical subject matter experts – each of them with expertise in one of the categories – to evaluate the technical feasibility and scalability of the plans in their category.
If you are interested in participating as a judge for the 2018 Business Plan Competition, or know an investor who would be a good fit to judge the competition, please contact Susan Scanlon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2017 Judging Panel:
- Edward Bergstraesser, AT&T
- Amy Bildzok, IBM
- Frank Castella Jr., President and CEO, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Andi Gray. CEO of Strategy Leaders
- Edison Guzman, Chapter Co-Chair, Orange County SCORE
- Anthony Hunter, Managing Member, Capstone Business Advisors, LLC
- Johnny LeHane, Co-Owner, CIO and Partner Relations,WAKA Kickball and Social Sports
- Jonathan Meyer, Chief Product Officer, Ipreo
- Eddie Monroy, Director of Consulting at Strategy Leaders, Inc.
- Jean Morris, Business Counselor, NYS Small Business Development Center, Mid-Hudson Region
- Les Neumann, Managing Director and CEO, ICANny
- Walter Recher, CEO of SmallBall Marketing
- Kirk Ritchey, Senior IT Advisor
- David Schwartz, Private Investor
- Joe Verderame, Executive Director, Enterprise Infrastructure, Morgan Stanley
- Sandford (Sandy) Wollman, Co-Founder, Westchester Angels
Judges Rule Book
The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition (MHRBPC) prides itself on innovation and technical merit. Both of these values are hallmarks of the organizing universities, and we strive to integrate them into every aspect of the competition. To do so, we have established a transparent judging process with no conflicts of interest between our judges and the teams that they are evaluating. In addition, all judges except for sponsor representatives must meet the following criteria:
- Active or early stage private (angel, venture capital, private equity, etc.) and/or public (state and federal agencies) investors
- Prior experience investing in or desire to invest in New York startups
- Willingness and ability to work with early stage, student-led ventures
Judges at the business plan competition rate participating teams based on the following criteria:
- Compelling Idea/Venture
- Founders & Team
- Pitch Quality
Judging rubric categories:
MARKET OPPORTUNITY - Clear market need and a plan to take advantage of the need.
COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE - The product or service is something unique that has a protectable competitive advantage in the proposed market.
MANAGEMENT CAPABILITY - The team has the skills and experience to develop this company and address the risks associated with the venture.
FINANCIAL UNDERSTANDING - The team has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of the business.
VENTURE MATURITY - This team has incorporated as a business and is in contact with potential customers.
PRESENTATION - The pitch presented the venture in a clear, compelling manner, and answered questions well.
INVESTMENT POTENTIAL - The business is a real investment opportunity in which you would consider investing.