Super Saturday is the first round of live judging of Student Business Track. The judges for this round of the Business track are venture capitalists, past winners and Venture Partners, serial founders and angel investors. These investors are looking for ideas that have potential to become the next big idea with significant economic impact. Companies may also have a social mission but are primarily focused on building high-growth profit-oriented businesses.

Semi Final and Finals Judges are Managing Directors and General Partners of some of the top business firms in the world. Also included are some of the most successful entrepreneurs from top companies.

Judging criteria is focused on Customer Value Proposition which includes size of market, competitive landscape, and clear differentiation, Economic model of the venture, go-to-market plan and the capabilities and background of the team.


Prize Guidelines:

  • The prize is industry agnostic

  • The team must submit a final application by the New Venture Competition deadline

  • Finalists for the Tough Tech Prize pitch to the selection judges

  • The venture will be reviewed for scientific/technological feasibility, as outlined in an executive summary of their technology and pitch deck

Review Process

  • Ventures self-select for prize consideration in Reviewr (GQC application platform)

  • Applicants are reviewed for their fit with the Tough Tech Prize venture characteristics

  • At request, the venture will provide a summary of the research or characteristics that establish them as a tough technology effort. The summary is less than two pages in length

  • The summary and pitch deck are reviewed and ranked by a panel of experts to evaluate the application and technology feasibility

  • The top-scoring teams are invited to deliver a 10-minute pitch to the judging panel in February/March

  • The judging panel selects the GQC Awards winner, who will be announced with Global Quantitative Competition semi-finalists

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