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2020 SVC Winners

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2020 SVC Finalists 

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About SVC

Get help developing your new venture or startup in the Skandalaris Venture Competition (SVC). Applications open Monday, January 13th and close on Monday, February 3rd at midnight. 

The SVC provides expert mentorship to new ventures and startups to ready them for commercializing their idea, launching, and pitching to investors. Teams will develop materials focused on explaining the idea they're working on to a broad audience. 

Teams will develop an IdeaBounce® post, a 2-minute video pitch, a one-page written summary, and, if selected as a finalist, a 5-minute presentation with slides for a Q&A session with the judges on April 20th.

Up to $22,500 in awards available

Who is eligible: current Washington University students with an early-stage venture or idea

Timeline:

  • Applications open Monday, Jan 13
  • Applications close Monday, Feb 3 at midnight
  • IdeaBounce® post due Monday, Feb 3 at midnight
  • 2-minute Video Pitch due Monday, Feb 10 at midnight
  • One-page written summary due by Monday, Feb 17 at midnight
  • Finalists will be announced in early March
  • Final presentations will be held on Zoom due to COVID-19

JUDGING CRITERIA

Written Summaries (40% of final score)

Summaries will be judged on the following criteria on a 1-5 scale:

  • Clarity of the product or service being offered
  • Clarity regarding who the target customer is, market size, and an approximation of potential revenue
  • The value proposition of their product or service, including details on the competition
  • The team’s understanding of their own expertise and where their team needs help

Final Presentations (60% of final score)

Teams will be judged on the following criteria on a 1-5 scale:

  • Clarity of the product or service being offered
  • Clarity regarding who the target customer is, market size, and an approximation of potential revenue
  • The value proposition of their product or service, including details on the competition
  • The team’s understanding of their own expertise and where their team needs help
  • Did the team present a clear and reasonable growth or development plan?
  • Did the team clearly answer questions?

Contact the Skandalaris Center with questions: sc@wustl.edu.