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:
Ability to describe the problem, the solution, and the market opportunity.
Could this team/solution have a substantial impact on the market? In the environment? In people’s lives?
Is the proposed project realistic? Can the team accomplish its stated goals with $1,500 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 on the market? In the environment? In people’s lives?
- Prototype: Quality and completeness of prototype. Ability to explain and demonstrate the technology and market opportunity.
- Progress: How much progress did the team makeover the winter term? Did they meet their goals? Have they identified the next steps? Are their stated goals achievable?