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Judging Criteria

In the spring, applications will be reviewed by the Cleantech Challenge advisory committee for eligibility and quality. Up to 16 teams will be selected to participate in the Semi-Final Pitching Round.

Judges at the Pitching Round will evaluate teams based on their applications, five-minute pitches, and responses to questions according to the following criteria:

  • Pitch: Ability to describe the problem, the solution, and the market opportunity.
  • Impact: Could this team/solution have a substantial impact in the market? In the environment? In people’s lives?
  • Prototype: Is the proposed project realistic? Can the team accomplish its stated goals with $2,500 in 90 days?

At the final round in the fall, finalist teams will be evaluated on their five-minute pitches and their prototype demonstrations according to the following criteria:

  • Pitch: Ability to describe the problem, the solution, and the market opportunity. Team enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Impact: Could this team/solution have a substantial impact in the market? In the environment? In people’s lives?
  • Prototype: Quality and completeness of prototype. Ability to explain and demonstrate technology and market opportunity.
  • Progress: How much progress did the team make over the summer? Did they meet their goals? Have they identified next steps? Are their stated goals achievable?