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The universal Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighed equally):

Validation Execution and Design Business Model

Customer Validation (does the business have a good understand customers and their needs)

○      Did your team get out and talk to customers?

○      Who will be your users, who will be your customers (are they different)?

○      How many users have you interviewed?

○      Did you target the correct people to interview?

○      What did you learn from your customer interviews (revenue)?

○      What are the core needs of your users?

Execution & Design 

○      What feedback have you gotten to inspire your Minimum Viable Product?

○      Did you build a prototype (paper or powerpoint is ok)?

○      How effective is your a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (be it software, hardware, etc.)?

○      How functional is your technical demo?

○      How easy is it for the user to navigate and use your product?

○      Were you able to incorporate customer feedback into the solution?

Business Model (is this business feasible)

○      Is it a big/unique idea?

○      What is your key value proposition?

○      How do you plan on making this a successful business?

○      Have you thought about competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, revenue model etc.?

○      Have you identified a specific target market?

○      How will they acquire their first 100 customers?

Timo Hahn