Startup Weekend Judging Criteria

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Guess what! Startup Weekend is less than a week away!

In preparation for our 54 hours of startup madness, we wanted to give you an idea of what judges will be looking for in the final presentations.

The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged based on the following three criteria that are all weighed equally:

  • Business Model – Can this idea make money? Is there positive customer growth or revenue? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic? Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution? Would you invest in this company at this point?
  • Technical Execution – Is there a functional product (e.g.in the case of an app, did they build one)? Were architecture diagrams and API signatures included? Which services did they integrate with? How much of the product is running on a real server with non-sample data?
  • Design Execution – Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

Helpful Tip: Teams that are the most successful during Startup Weekend make a point of doing customer validation. Hit the streets with your team to identify and survey your target audience (demographic, location, etc.) about your business idea.

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