The entire competition was fierce as teams pitched their ideas to a variety of judges and audiences. To start the competition, an application along with a three-minute video that explained each business model was submitted. A selection board reviewed the videos selecting and inviting teams to compete. Those teams continued to refine their ideas through a 10-page business plan.
Judges from within the business community reviewed the various teams’ 10-page plans and made their assessment. Of those reviewed, only 16 teams were able to make it to the next round, the Trade Show.
At the Trade Show teams were allowed to impress the judges with any display, prototypes and presentation that they had prepared. The energy in the room was intense as each team worked on explaining their idea to more than 100 business professionals, along with 70 volunteering student judges.
After an energizing day of continuous presentations, seven teams were then selected to move on to the Final Round based on their chance of succeeding in the marketplace. Those seven were given the chance to present at the Final Round to a panel of judges.
Amongst the judges were some of the sponsors for this year’s competition, which include Foulston Siefkin, GoCreate, IMA Financial, INTRUST Bank, High Touch Technologies, Lubrication Engineers, NetWork Kansas, Riverside Health Foundation, and Jeff & Kelley DeGraffenreid.