The arrangements for judging may vary from competition to competition. Generally, judging takes place on the same day, all teams are present in the same room at the same time and each team presents their plan in turn to a panel of carefully selected judges.
The judges will have received the PDF business plan and the PPT presentation in advance. The judges will also have received judging criteria to guide them (example below). The judging chair will have received the community’s feedback and scores, which they will share with the judges on the day.
The teams have 10 minutes to present their plan using the previously submitted PPT presentation. The teams then have 10 minutes in which to answer the judges’ questions. There may be a short break in between presentations.
We encourage as many team members to be as present as possible, including business leaders, where appropriate. For university teams, the presentation and Q&As will be student led; business leaders are there in a supporting role. We appreciate that students may have exam or study commitments which they cannot avoid, teams will not be penalised in these circumstances, but there must be a minimum of two students present.
Once the judges have heard all the presentations, they will retire to a private room to deliberate and agree on a winner.