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Oklahoma State University
Riata Center for Entrepreneurship

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Judging

Pitch and Poster – First Round

Judges will score your poster and oral presentation on the following factors using a 5-point scale:

  1. Poster Quality
    • Clarity of message, attractiveness, professionally prepared.
    • Does the poster generate interest in the concept without verbal explanation?
  2. Presentation Quality
    • Is the team/poster informing or persuading?
    • Were they convincing, knowledgeable, in command of the situation and on top of the information?
    • Have they presented enough information and explanation to justify their ideas?
  3. Professional Presence
    • Was the team dressed in business attire?
    • Did they hold eye contact, project their voice, and speak reasonably?
    • Did they conduct themselves in a professional manner?
  4. Judges Impressions
    • Why should a judge (potential business investor) care about this proposal?
    • Did the poster and presentation convey enough important insights into the business proposition that a potential investor would want to see more and/or ask the team to come back and present a complete business plan?
  5. Intangible or WOW factor
    • Did the team and poster leave a lasting impression?
  6. Overall Impression

Pitch Competition – Final Round

Judges will score contestant on their oral presentation on the following factors using a 5-point scale:

  1. Pitch Contents
    • Did the team effectively communicate the problem and their solution?
    • Were they convincing, knowledgeable, in command of the situation and on top of the information?
    • Have they presented enough information and explanation to justify their ideas?
  2. Presentation Quality
    • Is the team informing or persuading?
    • Were they convincing, knowledgeable, in command of the situation and on top of the information?
    • Did the team convey a sense of energy and enthusiasm?
  3. Professional Presence
    • Was the team dressed in business attire?
    • Did they hold eye contact, project their voice, and speak reasonably?
    • Did they conduct themselves in a professional manner?
  4. Judges Impressions
    • Why should a judge (potential business investor) care about this proposal?
    • Did the poster and presentation convey enough important insights into the business proposition that a potential investor would want to see more and/or ask the team to come back and present a complete business plan?
  5. Intangible or WOW factor
    • Did the team and presentation leave a lasting impression?
  6. Overall Impression