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Rules & Eligibility

Eligibility for e-Fest 2023

  1. Submissions: Each team and its team members may submit only one venture concept to the competition. Initial submissions are due by March 12, 2023 11:59 pm Pacific Time. All submissions must be uploaded through the e-Fest submission portal using the links provided.
  2. Team: Teams should be at least two and no more than five students.
  3. Repeat Participation: Students may submit in multiple years. However, any venture invited as a Top 25 Finalist in e-Fest cannot be resubmitted. In other words, prior finalists must submit a new idea or venture.
  4. Student Enrollment: The competition is for current or recently graduated (no earlier than Fall 2022) undergraduate students. Appropriate adjustments will be made for any students from non-US universities that have a different academic calendar. However, only undergraduate students may compete (including submitting, presenting their plan, and answering questions from the competition judges).
  5. Student Involvement: The competition is for student-created and student-managed ventures, including new ventures launched by licensing university technology.
    Students are expected to:

    1. Be advised by a current undergraduate student faculty member or entrepreneurship center director from a 4-year college or university in North America.
    2. Play the primary role in developing and leading the business.
    3. Have key management roles in the venture.
    4. Have fundamental, equity-holding (or potential equity-holding) positions within the company and have a combined ownership/potential ownership of at least 25% of the founder’s equity in the company.
    5. Be part of only one e-Fest team.
    6. Be present during the entire competition and at the time of the prize presentations to be eligible for prizes.
  6. Forms of Business:
    1. Submissions are for new independent ventures in the seed, start-up, or early growth stages.
    2. Submissions should not include buyouts, entity expansions, not for profits, subsidiaries or recapitalizations.
    3. The e-Fest team has the final decision on which teams are invited to compete in the competition and reserves the right to include or exclude any teams for any reasons.
  7. Business Status: Since this competition is for new ventures and opportunities, established companies may not qualify. Importantly, student venture submissions do not have to be established companies in order to participate. Student ventures that are established companies must meet these criteria:
    1. Total funding from investments, grants, and awards — including contributions, cash investments, loans, and paid expenses by any team members, founders, or individuals — cannot exceed $100,000 (all time)
    2. Total sales at the time of the e-Fest submission cannot exceed $50,000 (all time)
  8. Point of Contact: Students must designate a single point-of-contact person responsible for communication with competition organizers and submitting the entry into the e-Fest student team application portal. The submission form will have a spot to designate this person. This is to streamline operations.
  9. Academic Advisor: Each student team must provide the name and email address of their team faculty advisor when submitting their team entry for consideration for e-Fest.
  10. Institutional Eligibility: Colleges and universities in North America that have an undergraduate entrepreneurship or new venture development offering of 1 or more courses, or which offer entrepreneurship major or minor concentrations, may participate.
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