EagleWorks FAQ & Important Links

Frequently Asked Questions

When?

  • Registration is now open!
  • Registration deadline: Friday, March 13
  • Preliminary rounds: Friday, April 3, 20
  • Finalist Round and Tradeshow: Saturday, April 18, 2020
    • Tradeshow, 1-2 p.m.
    • Finalist pitches and awards, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where?

  • Preliminary Rounds: Roaden University Center, Tech Pride Room
  • Finalist Round and Tradeshow: Bell Hall

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.
  • Join the Facebook group for contestants.  

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 become available Monday, March 16
  • Optional template can be downloaded here
  • Previous year sample plan
  • Submit as PDF file only
  • 5 MB size limit
  • No requirements on length, but most average 4-8 pages
  • Include your team/business name in the file name
  • Due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25
  • ALL LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE DOCKED 20 POINTS.
  • Don't wait until the last minute!! 
  • No changes can be made after submission.

Presentation Guidelines

  • During preliminary and finalist rounds, we will provide a laptop with an HDMI connection.
  • You may use any presentation software you wish, but remember to test prior to competing!
  • Optional PPT template can be downloaded here
  • Previous year sample presentation
  • Widescreen format! If you have questions, please ask!
  • We highly recommend NO VIDEO

Trade Show Booth

  • All teams MUST participate in trade show
  • Set up begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday 4/18
    • Tradeshow will be open from 1-2 p.m.
    • Finalists will be announced at 2 p.m.
  • Every team will have an 8x2' table with a black tablecloth
  • You will not have electric
  • No fire or combustible engines
  • Optional template for posters available here (if desired)
  • For ideas, you can look at last year's photo gallery

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