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Thursday, June 22nd 2017

The Lavin VentureStart Competition Judging Criteria

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A panel of judges from SDSU and the San Diego venture communities, including experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, professors, legal professionals, and patent experts review and vote on all entries submitted by the student finalist teams. The following are some of the general criteria considered by the judges during the Lavin VentureStart Competition. These criteria are similar to those used by industry professionals, private investors, and venture capitalists when evaluating the attractiveness of new venture opportunities:

  • Minimize cost to maximize learning
  • Identification of opportunities validated through hypothesis testing
  • Product/service prototype ideation and development
  • Customer interaction
  • Pivot in response to customer interaction

Past VentureStart Judges:
A huge thank you to the inspiring individuals who served on the fall 2015 Lavin VentureStart Competition judging panel. Judges are past Lavin Entrepreneurs and local founders who have successfully developed their own thriving businesses. The fall 2015 judges included:
Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014 VentureStart Judges:
We are excited to welcome back three SDSU alumni to serve on the fall 2014 Lavin VentureStart Competition judging panel. All judges are also past Lavin Entrepreneurs who have successfully developed their own thriving businesses. The fall 2014 judges include:

All entrants will receive feedback from the judges, regardless of whether they win or not. The decisions made by the Judging Panel of The Lavin VentureStart Competition on the semi-finalists, finalists, runners-up, and winners are final and binding on each participant.

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