NYU Stern

Understanding the Process

The $200K Entrepreneurs Challenge consists of four rounds of judging. This year’s competition will kick-off on September 25, 2013 and culminate with the Final Round held on April 25, 2014. Unless otherwise specified, the process described below applies to all three competitions. All activities are held at NYU Stern, 44 W. 4th Street, NYC.

Download the Competition Venture Schedule, At a Glance.    Be sure you are eligible to enter. Read the Rules & Eligibility section.

How to enter
Deadline: Monday, October 7, 2013.  Teams must register online to enter the competition and pay the non-refundable entry fee: $75/ per student; $150/ per alumni/faculty, staff. All team members must register.  

Instructions: Part 1:
1. Register at http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/berkley/forms/registration
2. Select your industries, skills, and role(s)
3. Pay the entrance fee
4. Enter your venture's details (add your team members here--be sure that the e-mail addresses match the ones they register with)
5. Once all the team members have paid, the appropriate link to gust.com based on your venture's track (Social/Traditional/Tech-IT/Tech-Biomedical) will be displayed. The lead/primary person will need to go back into the profile page and click on submit venture.  The gust link will be visible.

Once the team is registered, you will receive a link to an online platform for your submissions. Your one-page venture summary, and all other competition submissions will be done using that platform. The Berkley Center has a private site within gust.com to manage the competition submissions.  If you experience any problems, please e-mail, lpoole@stern.nyu.edu

Teams must submit a one page venture summary.     New Venture Competition Summary Guidelines; Social Venture Competition Summary Guidelines; NYU Technology Venture Competition Summary Guidelines.

We recommend watching the video: Alex Osterwalder on Business Model Innovation and downloading Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas

Online Judging

Deadline: Tuesday, November 19 by 3:00 p.m.

Teams must submit a 2 minute power point with audio (not to exceed 180 mb) and Feasibility Analysis.

New Venture Feasibility Analysis
Social Venture Feasibility Analysis
Technology Venture Feasibility Analysis

User Scenario Video or Audio Power Point Instructions

All submissions are made online. Venture Summary must be accompanied by a signed Statement of Eligibility.

Evaluators will select the Quarter finalist teams who will advance to Round 2.

Disqualification: Entries will be immediately disqualified for the following reasons.
  • Submissions received after 3:00 p.m. on November 19 . (Please note that materials sent at 3:01 p.m. will be considered ineligible.)
  • Failure to submit a signed eligibility statement by 3:00 p.m. on November 19.
  • Failure to submit  in the required format.
Feedback: All entrants, even those that do not advance to Round 2, will receive feedback on their submissions. However, we will not share the evaluators’ numerical scores.

Round 2 (Quarter-finalist Round)

December 6, 2013

Quarter-finalist team pitch before a panel of judges on December 6. Team presentations are 5 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A/Feedback.
The judges will select the semi-finalist teams. Those teams recommended will advance to Round 3.

Round 3 (Semi-Final Round)

April 4, 2014

The Semi-Final Round will be held April 4, 2014.

Submission: 12-15 page start-up plan and 3 minute power point with audio or video (not to exceed 180 mb)

All semi-finalists will pitch their ventures before a panel of judges. Team presentations are 10 minutes followed by 15 minutes of Q&A/Feedback. 
Those teams recommended to advance by the Semi-Final Judges will compete in Round 4 (Finals Round).

Round 4 (FInal Round)

April 25, 2014

Finalist teams will present to the Final Round Judges on April 25, 2014. Team presentations are 10 minutes followed by 15 minutes of Q&A/Feedback.

Submission: 12-15 page start-up plan and 3 minute power point with audio or video (not to exceed 180 mb)

Winners will be announced at an Awards Reception the evening of April 25. Final Round Judges reserve the right to declare more than one winner. In such a case, the judging panel can vote to split the total prize money between more than one team.
The decision of all Entrepreneurs’ Challenge judging panels are final.