The challenge is to encourage women who have embraced or plan to lead entrepreneurial ventures. All New Jersey resident STEM female professionals are eligible to apply. Institutional affiliation is not necessary. Two categories of awards are included.
Both categories need to fill out this Powerpoint Template and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by
AWISNJ STEM ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS STEM female professionals who have already graduated are eligible to participate in STEM Entrepreneurship Awards. The top teams will be awarded:
1st Place – $5000
2nd Place – $2000
3rd Place – $1000
AWISNJ STEM INNOVATION AWARDS
New Jersey high school and college females/ female led groups are eligible to participate in the Innovation Challenge. Top 4 college and school teams (2 each) will be competing for:
College Groups School Groups
1st Place – $500 1st Place – $500
2nd Place – $250 2nd Place – $250
AWIS STEM to Market Accelerator
NJIT Summer Innovation Accelerator Membership (No fees or equity taken)
Johnson & Johnson Consumer R&D Immersion.
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR BOTH CHALLENGES DEADLINE
Registration & Executive Summary (Powerpoint Template) January 1,2018
Request for business plans from finalists January 30, 2018
Final Pitching & Awarding March 8, 2018
Executive Summary. The Executive Summary (following the template theme available above) should be submitted as a pdf file to email@example.com with subject line: Executive Summary. It is highly recommended that your Executive Summary highlight the most interesting and important elements of your plan that would inform an external reviewer or judge as to why your idea will succeed.
Business Plan. The Business Plan should be an expanded version of the Executive Summary not exceeding 20 minutes during presentation. It should clearly explain your Products or Services, Market and Marketing Strategy, Operations, Management and Business Model (how your venture will makes money).
JUDGING PROCESS & FORMAT
Pitches will be judged on factors such as innovation of product/service, understanding of the market, growth and sustainability planning, the development of competitive advantage, the availability of management and skill sets, the strength of vision, and well-defined goals.
A panel of judges will conduct a blind review of executive summaries to select and invite top teams for the final pitching & awarding event.
On March 8, 2018, female leads from invited teams will give a 20 minute presentation of their business plan, including a 60 second Elevator Pitch
Judges will evaluate the presentations and winners will be announced.
All decisions by the judges will be final.