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Teams are judged according to the following 4 criteria (weighed equally):

 Education Impact:

The Startup Weekend Education event is slightly different than other Startup Weekend events in that “Education Impact” is an additional, equally weighted category.

  • Is this solving a problem in education? (i.e. the solution focuses on the acquisition of knowledge, the transfer of knowledge, teaching, learning, retention of information)
  • Is this solution better than what’s being done now?

Customer Validation:

  • Have you taken the proper steps to ensure that the people who matter (your future customers) support and reinforce your assumptions? Think of Customer Validation as ‘evidence’ to back up the core structure of your ‘theory’ (your Business Model). The more feedback you gather (quantity), the more this feedback comes from your specific target market (quality), and the more you’re able to actually integrate this feedback into the Business Model and product development (execution), the better. Lastly, if you haven’t got answers to these questions, you’ve spent too much time on frills & features and need to get back to the basics:
  • Who is your customer?
  • What is your core value proposition?

 Execution / Design:

  • The nitty gritty: what has your team been able to actually build over the weekend? Do you have an MVP and functional demo? Even the strongest of Business Plans are useless in the hands of those who can’t properly execute on them. Getting as far as possible in the development of your product/prototype not only helps give Judges a tangible vision of what the final product could be, but proves your strength and skills as a team.
  • Is it easy to use and intuitive (i.e. “user-friendly”)? Why was it determined that it’s best to build this as a mobile app vs. a web app (or vice versa)? How many users have currently engaged with your product? How will the design evolve if given more time and resources to work on this product?

Business Model:

  • Is there a vision for this being a sustainable venture (even if you plan to be a non-profit organization)?
  • What are your key activities?
  • What are your revenue streams?What is your cost structure?
  • Who/what are your key partners/resources?
  • What are your distribution channels?
  • What is your roll out strategy?
Yasmeen Kashef