thinkBIG! Round 2 Requirements

thinkBIG! Round 2 Requirements

Round 2 Requirements


Semifinalist teams are competing to become a Final Four Challenge team. To submit a slide deck and video for judging, semifinalists must first upload a 60-90 second pitch video to YouTube, then submit the URL and slide deck to us for Round 2 judging using an entry form that will become available after January 28, 2019.

Slide deck submissions are also required and should be no longer than 15 slides (exclusive of appendix slides).

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Video Tips:

  • Please mention Team Name in video
  • Making a connection to the real world can make an impact. E.g. – ‘’Imagine if’’ or ‘’Did you know’’
  • Keep it simple and natural to provide clarity to viewers

Round 2 Challenge Timeline
– January 28, 2019: Semifinalists Announced
– February 8-9, 2019: Semifinalists invited to attend one Executive Coaching Day*
– February 20, 2019: Round 2 (Semifinalists) Submissions Due
– February 21-28, 2019: Judging Window Round 2
– March 1, 2019: Final Four Announced
– March 12, 2019: thinkBIG! Summit

*Executive Coaching Day is held at think[box], CWRU on 02/08/19 and 02/09/19 from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. It is a series of mentorship and advising sessions where semifinalist teams can refine their concepts before the round 2 submissions.

Teams will get entrepreneurship-experienced students, experts, mentors, and industry professionals aiding them with the following:
Pitch Deck – Flow, visual aspect, simplicity, etc.
Content – Amount of words, gripping aspect, the viability of content/data, covering all aspects of the rubric, appendix, etc.
Presentation – Creating an impact, confidence, speaking in the most effective way to the audience, etc.

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