The T&C say "Unsolicited Business Plans..."
Are we required to submit a business plan for the competition?
No, this is language we have in our terms to warn applicants to not send us proprietary information that we have not asked for. All we require is a startup profile and it should not contain proprietary or otherwise restricted information. Since this is a public event we want to stress to the participants that we cannot guarantee confidentiality, therefore the information shared with us must be ok to be distributed to the judges and the audience.
i have been selected as a semifinalist, now what?
Download and study the detailed Entrepreneur Expectations.
Can we get information on the size and layout of the tables/booths? Will there be walls dividing the groups or just tables?
Semifinalists will have access to a high-top table at the Startup Village. There are no walls or dividers between tables.
Do we need to provide our own table covering?
Checking with the venue, will get back to you on that
When do we begin setting up? Is anything not allowed?
Doors will open at 8:00am at Campus 805 for setup, the detailed agenda for May 7th is below:
8:00 AM // Doors open at Campus 805
// Entrepreneur Registration
9:00 AM // Semifinalist Pitches
11:00 AM // VIP Lunch
1:00 PM // Startup Village Opens
2:00 PM // Panel 1: Entrepreneur Journey in the Southeast
3:15 PM // Panel 2: Building the Southeast Startup Ecosystem
5:00 PM // Finalists Announced, Startup Village Closes
5:30 PM // Finalist Pitches
6:30 PM // Keynote Speaker
7:00 PM // Awards Announcement
7:30 PM // Networking and Celebration
We are thinking of bringing some flat screens and a laptop for our display. How long will the finalists have for their pitches?
If the flat screens are too large the setup might become unstable on the high-top table.
This one may be an obvious one, but is the pitch that we will post online tomorrow and in the coming weeks the precursor for our selection committee pitch, on-stage pitch, or both?
The submitted videos will be used to help you refine your pitch. You will pitch live during the event to qualify. Your final video will be kept as part of your Startup Profile.
Will the selection committee pitch be timed?
The semifinals pitches in the morning will be timed. This is basically your dress rehearsal in case you get selected to pitch in the evening for the finals.
Can we give more information during our semi-finalist pitches and/or Startup Village?
Yes, this is what your startup profile is for. You will continue to refine it to be able to distribute online and in paper at the event.
For the TestMyPitch Pitch submittal, is the TestMyPitch concept to just have me in front of the camera without images? I typically utilize imagery in my presentations/pitches - is it okay to splice some in here and there? any guidance here would be helpful.
The videos are just you in front of the camera, if you plan to use slides, you can use present.me. This link will allow you to create a free account https://present.me/plans/free. This will allow you and your slides to be on screen at the same time.