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Frequently Asked Questions

When?

  • Individual registration is now open!
  • Register your team
  • Registration deadline: Individual - March 30, 2021, Team - March 31, 2021
  • Preliminary round may be held depending on the number of teams. All competitors will be notified on April 1.
  • Finalist Round: Saturday, April 10, 2020, 2 p.m. on Zoom

Where?

  • Anywhere! This year's competition will be held via Zoom!

Why?

  • Make a difference in the world.
  • Gain real-world experience.
  • Participate in something meaningful and life changing.
  • Learn new skill sets which are valuable to future employers.
  • Get involved and grow with a diverse group of peers.
  • Win thousands in awards.
  • Get involved with the innovation & entrepreneurship community at Tennessee Tech.
  • Have fun!

How do I compete or get help?

Will TN Tech provide any resources to help my team prepare?

  • Yes! We will offer mentor support, fun events, classes and more. 

Will TN Tech own the rights to, or any equity in, my business or intellectual property (IP)?

  • No, you will own all rights to your business; however, there are a few caveats:
  • Significant use of university resources may require equity share; also:
  • There are circumstances in which you can optionally choose to partner with TN Tech for an equity stake in your company to cover patent filings, legal work, etc.
  • Please view the video from our student IP pop-up, "If I make it, does Tech own it?" and the accompanying presentation for more information. (coming soon)

How will the awards be distributed?

  • Awards will be placed on your student account as a scholarship.
  • Awards will be equally distributed among team members.
  • If you are graduating in December, you may still compete; however, you will not be eligible to receive awards as all prizes are applied to student accounts.

Will the judges invest in our company?

  • No, the judges will not invest their own money into the company.

Who are the judges?

  • There will be a series of preliminary rounds before the main competition.
  • The judges will be comprised of community and business leaders.
  • Judges will be announced on the day of preliminary rounds.
  • We will announce the finalist judges at the main competition.

Business Plan Summary Guidelines

  • Submission form will be available starting March 29, 2021 - you will submit business plan AND pitch video by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2021!
  • Optional template can be downloaded here
  • Previous year sample plan
  • Submit as PDF file only
  • 10 MB size limit
  • No requirements on length, but most average 3-6 pages
  • Include your team/business name in the file name
  • Due by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2021
  • ALL LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE DOCKED 20 POINTS.
  • Don't wait until the last minute!! 
  • No changes can be made after submission.

Presentation Guidelines

  • 7 minute MAXIMUM
  • Record pitch and upload to Youtube as unlisted or public video. Submit link through link above under Business Plan Summary Guidelines
  • Optional PPT template can be downloaded here
  • Previous year sample presentation
  • Widescreen format! If you have questions, please ask!
  • We highly recommend NO VIDEO in the PowerPoint!
  • Due by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2021
  • ALL LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE DOCKED 20 POINTS. No exceptions.
  • ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE THROUGH FORM. If you have problems, please contact Andrea Kruszka as early as possible! Technical difficulties do not excuse late submissions.

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