Judges

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 2017 New York Business Plan Competition, or know an investor who would be a good fit to judge the competition, please contact Susan Scanlon at susan.scanlon@marist.edu.

Meet the 2017 Judging Panel:

 

 Judges Rule Book

The New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) 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.

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