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36th IVC 2018

Profile of Judges for Semifinals on Wednesday 23 May

and Finals on Wednesday 6 June

Judges in Singapore Campus
Judges infor will be updated at a later date
Judges in Fontainebleau Campus

Judging Criteria

Judges for all rounds of the competition are experienced and successful multinational professionals who have domain expertise ranging from sales & marketing, operations, startups, large ventures, mergers & acquisitions, investment and finance.

 

Each submission to the three stages of the competition will be judged based on the elements below. These elements will be provided in the scoresheet as a guide to judges and should be considered when building the team's venture summary and/or plan.

 

  • Team: quality of team and fit with the idea; advisory board, strategy partners
  • Execution Plan: clear and believable path forward; they know what must be done and how timeline and execution plan
  • Financials: business model; financial forecasts & valuation; funding required & equity offered
  • Screening round - Structure of Venture  Summary: clarity and quality of writing; structure and sequence of ideas; the document reads well - Stage 1 only
  • Semifinals & Final - Presentation & Structure of Plan: clarity and quality of writing; structure and sequence of ideas; presentation slides; Verbal presentation/Q&A
  • Innovation & Value Proposition: original/innovative idea; solving a problem for customers; must-have vs. nice-to-have; feasible, marketable, profitable
  • Market Opportunity & Strategy: potentially large/fast growing market; niche identification; competitor and customer analysis; effective strategy
  • Sustainable Competitive Advantage: sustainability; differentiation from competitors; IP strategy
  • Product & Services (Platform): clear product/service/platform description; product/service is superior to competitors; addresses actual customer needs
  • Potential to invest in this idea: credibility and persuasiveness; it can work and will create value; understanding of entrepreneurship; demonstrates industry knowledge
  • Viability: Long-term survival; sustainable profits

 

Competition cash prizes will be awarded to the teams which, in the judges' opinion, offer the best combination of business potential and likelihood of successful implementation. The social entrepreneurship award will be awarded to a team that demonstrates significant societal impact in addition to financial sustainability.

Stage 1:

Screening round

Pool of judges will screen teams’ entries and 4-pager venture summaries. Each team will be assessed by at least three judges. Up to twelve teams will be selected to proceed to the semi-finals. Judges may offer suggestions or comments on team’s venture concept.

Stage 2:

Semifinals round

Judges will receive semi-finalists full venture plans (maximum 25 pages, including exhibits and appendices). Teams will present to a panel of 5-6 judges. Top six teams will be selected as finalists.

Stage 3:

Final round

Judges will receive finalists revised venture plans (maximum 25 pages, including exhibits and appendices). Teams will present to a panel of 5-6 judges.

IVC Semifinals and Final presentation are held on-site in the Amphitheatres of both the INSEAD Fontainebleau and Singapore Campuses. Web/Video link will be made available for teams.

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