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37th IVC 2018

Please read the general requirement of the rules carefully and refer to the Eligibility guidelines before submission of your entry.

Teams go through three rigorous stages of the competition that culminate in a final with the best six teams pitching their ventures to a panel of investor judges. We expect teams to check and meet the conditions of their eligibility before submission of their entry. All entries are to be completed with the information required.

Stage 1: Screening round / Registration and Venture Summary

  • Registered teams with their venture summaries (up to 4-pager) will be screened by judges who are mainly from our pool of INSEAD Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EiRs).
  • Each submission will be assessed by at least three screening judges. The top twelve submissions will be selected as semi-finalists.
  • Quality of summary will be the only criteria that will be evaluated by the screening judges to determine the most compelling 12 ventures to progress to the next stage of the competition. Please refer to Judging Criteria for guidelines.

Stage 2: Semifinal round / Full Venture Plan

  • Semi-finalists will submit full venture plan (maximum 25 pages, including exhibits and appendices) by a given deadline.
  • The teams will and have a total of 10 minutes (5 mins pitch / 5 mins Q&A) to present to judges stationed on both Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses (linked via webcam/video conference).
  • Six top teams will be selected as finalist.

Stage 3: Final round / Revised Venture Plan (optional)

  • Finalists have the option to submit revised venture plans.
  • Finalists will have a total of 15 minutes (8 mins + 7 mins Q&A) to pitch their ventures to judges who are entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, incubators and spotters of entrepreneurial talent. Presentations will be linked via webcam/video conference across both campuses.
  • Only Final presentations will be videotaped and along with all documents and materials may be used in future INSEAD MBA Electives and as examples for future IVCs.
Disclaimer: Entries to the competition must agree to make their venture summaries and plans available to be used at INSEAD for pedagogical purposes. Videos of the Final presentations may be posted online.
Note: The Executive Committee of the INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship reserves the right to update these rules at any time. Any modifications will be made known to the participants before the commencement of each INSEAD Venture Competition (IVC); however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the participants to stay current with the IVC Eligibility Terms and Rules.