This event will be modeled after Startup Weekend. It is here that designers, engineers, developers, and marketers will come together to share ideas and form teams. JumpStart is essentially a match-making event for entrepreneurial co-founders. Students will get the opportunity to meet up with other students, pitch their ideas and build a team. After forming the teams, the students will have the opportunity to work on the concept or the idea to things happen in a short period of time from figuring out the business model and finding customers to building a prototype. Teams will have the opportunity to pitch their idea for a chance to get feedback.
The Team leader must complete an Executive Summary by the registration deadline. The summary should not exceed 3 pages but is MANDATORY for involvement within the remaining two rounds. Registration is not considered complete until the Executive Summary is submitted as well. The Executive Summary will be reviewed and scored by external judges who will select the top 8 teams to compete in the final, as well as the top 27 teams for the Innovation Showcase round!
INNOVATION SHOWCASE & 90 SECOND PITCH
27 MWest teams will be selected to compete in a Poster session and 90 second pitch. This session serves as the People`s Choice Award event, where teams will be able to showcase their products, services and ideas, as well as network with the entrepreneurial and investor community.
MWEST FINAL PITCH COMPETITION
8 MWest teams will be selected to compete in the Final MWest Challenge Pitch Competition. The teams will have 7 minutes, with 3 minutes for Q&A, to present their concept to a panel of judges.