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Judging Criteria

Video Entry Judging Criteria:

  • The UH Breakthrough Innovation Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas.
    Your video should:
    1. Describe the innovation.
    2. Address the problem the innovation solves.
    3. Explain how the innovation is a breakthrough from the status quo. What makes it better than anything else that's currently in the space?


Live Pitch Judging Criteria:

  • The Idea (60%): Describe a problem in this world and how the innovation helps to solve the problem. How is the innovation a breakthrough from the status quo?
  • The Market (20%): The most innovative ideas will sit on the shelf, if nobody wants to buy it. Identify a specific group of people who are potential customers (target market) and illustrate the size of the market. More importantly, provide evidence for the desire and need for the innovation.
  • The Competition (20%): Business ideas that have big potential will likely have existing competitors in the same market. Identify potential direct and indirect competitors, and explain what sets the business idea apart (better, faster, stronger) from its competition. 

Contestants are strongly encouraged to view the first four lessons of "How to Build a Startup: The Lean LaunchPad"