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1 5th Annual Innovation Challenge Kick-Off and Overview Info Sessions 1 & 2 Fall 2014 September 9 & 22

2 Agenda: Kick-Off and Overview  Competition Overview  Important Dates  Content/Format Requirements  Judging Criteria  Team Mentor Program  The Awards Event – Finalist Presentations

3 Objective  Conduct an annual competition to identify, evaluate, select, and seed innovative ideas that have potential for commercialization  Provide guidance and support to CSULB students to pursue innovative ideas, learn how to create business plans, and reward the best of those plans with business-related services and seed funding

4 The Competition  Conducted annually  Open to all current CSULB students  Each team prepares a brief business plan  Judged by business professionals (business owners & investors)  The winning team will receive: Business related services and facilities Seed funding

5 Competition Rewards – Up to $50,000 Value  Business-related services worth up to $40,000, based on availability: Office space Legal assistance Printing services: business cards, stationery, brochures, … Marketing services/consultation Accounting and tax assistance Communication services: web, phone, …  Seed business funding of $10,000

6 You have an idea! Build a team! Develop your business plan Review with mentors and support team Present to Investors and Judges (Final 4 teams) Winning team receives start-up resources and seed funding CSULB Innovation Challenge

7 Competition Schedule September - November 2014 Attend information sessions (6 available) October 13 thru December 9, 2014 Submit Letters of Intent (LOI) Match teams with mentors December 9, 2014Last day to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) February 27, 2015Business Plans due by 5 pm March Notification of finalists & runners-up. April 9, 2015Finalists’ presentations and business plan judging, and presentation of awards. See website calendar for details

8 Letter of Intent  Submit LOI form (see website for one page form) between October 13 and December 9, 2014 LOI Includes a summary of: -Business/technology area and the market description -Project team members -Other relevant information

9 Business Plan Preparation  Team’s Business Plan: No more than 20 pages. That’s everything, cover sheet, plan, finances, and all…  Workshops: How to Write a Business Plan Nov am- 1pm The Niggli Conf. Center (ECS 312) OR Nov 5 – 4:30pm-6:30pm The Niggli Conf. Center (ECS 312)  Checklist posted on the website  Need help getting started? See “Getting Help/Resources” section on the website

10 Business Plan Submittal  Due: February 27, 2015  Requires team’s mentor approval  Submit to the Innovation Challenge mailbox in.pdf format  Must adhere to the provided guidelines

11 Judging Criteria (Guidelines)  Written business plan (evaluated to determine the finalists) Clear identification of customer needs/requirements An innovative solution/approach to address the need Sound marketing and sales concept Reasonable business concept and revenue model (financial projections) Experience of team members and projected ability to implement the business plan Written presentation quality and style  The Four Finalist teams are judged on their Oral Presentation and final Business Plan

12 Mentors  Assigned once Letter of Intent is submitted  Team may have 2 mentors, (1 from industry & 1 academic)  Contact mentor(s) early and often. Advise the Innovation Challenge coordinator if the team has trouble connecting  Mentors should sign-off midway through the competition and MUST sign-off the final business plan via an to the Challenge website  Use the mentor’s time wisely  Great opportunity to network and start a valuable relationship

13 Finalist Presentations  Scheduled for April 9, 2015, 4pm at CSULB’s The Pointe Conference Room in the Walter Pyramid  All Innovation Challenge participants invited  Finalist teams will present to judges and attendees  Venture Capitalists, industry leaders, community leaders, advisory board and CSULB leaders will be invited  Great event for networking

14 Getting a Team Started  Sign up to get on our mailing list  Designate if you are a team in need of members  Designate up if you are a potential team member in need of a team  We’ll contact team leaders with interested members phone numbers  Consider a Confidentiality Agreement  We can help, but you need to do the follow up See sign up sheets after presentation

15 Final Note… Send inquiries to Check this site regularly for guidance, updates and resources: Innovation Challenge Office Hours  Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s,11am-1pm EN2 300-D beginning late September

16 Good Luck  We hope you will participate!!  If you have any trouble getting started, or stop by the office and we can help.


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