The competition is open to all teams that have a current CSULB student(s) in a leading role. A team size of three to seven members is recommended. Students should look for entrepreneurial, innovative, and business-minded team members. Teams are encouraged to have members with diverse business skill sets in order to compile a winning combination. Teams must deliver a compliant business plan by the deadline to be considered for participation. Students are allowed to gain assistance from business professionals outside of campus. Mentors will be assigned to each team, consisting of CSULB faculty and/or external business professionals.
Selection will be made in several steps. First, the written business plans are down-selected. Then the down-select judges meet with these selected teams. Based on the written business plan and the meeting, four are selected as finalists. These finalist will then present to the judging panel at the Award Event.
The exact judging criteria and weighting may vary by the specific judge and year to year but the guidelines are as follows:
The Four Finalist Teams are then judged on their presentations and Final Business Plans.
Those invited to present at the Award Ceremony will receive prizes in the form of certificates and gift certificates. The winning team will be awarded an allotment of seed funding as well as in-kind contributions.
All prizes will be presented at the Awards Ceremony. As mentioned, in addition to seed funding, the winning team will be augmented by in-kind contributions donated by the friends of the University. Such donations may include: