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Formal Presentation

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The Formal Presentation is a four-to-six-minute presentation where each business will share details of its product or service with a panel of judges, usually in the form of visual slides.
Guidelines & information
The Formal Presentation should cover the following general aspects of the business:

    • Presentation: 
      • Deliver oral presentation in an organized, engaging manner. 
      • Business goals are clear-cut and obtainable.
      • Founder(s) present a sequential business plan for achieving said goals.
    • Business Knowledge:
      • Founder(s) have thorough knowledge of their own business and industry specific business practices. 
    • Data and Analytics:
      • Graphs and figures used in the boardroom with estimated and actual data.
      • Founder(s) have the ability to justify their figures with research and industry knowledge.
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
      • Responses to judge's questions were industry specific and action-oriented.
      • Solutions were well thought through, creative, and original. 
      • Founder(s) considered company‚Äôs constraints and means in their solutions and answers.
    • Professionalism:
      • Founder(s) are professional, and dressed appropriately for their business presentation. 
      • Have great public speaking skills, spoke clearly with appropriate pitch, tempo, and volume.

Formal Presentation format:
  • A maximum of six minutes will be allowed for each business presentation.
  • Timing begins when the presenter begins speaking.
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of entrepreneurs that can present.
  • Immediately following the presentation, judges will ask questions.
  • Others in attendance are not permitted to ask questions or to comment.
  • Entrepreneurs must give the presentation live and in person.
  • Entrepreneurs are permitted and encouraged to utilize handouts and other visual aids.

Please review the Formal Presentation Rubric for full judging criteria.