Written Submission Guidelines
1. Executive Summary
2. Business Plan
- 1 page maximum. Revised executive summary must use the template provided. The template can be downloaded from the Submission Form box.
- Executive Summary PDFs should be titled using the following convention: TeamName_GSVCGlobalfinals_RevisedExecSummary.pdf
- Re-submit your revised or updated full business plan PDF. The same restrictions apply from the Regional round: up to 20 pages of text, text, charts, and diagrams plus up to five pages of appendices: typed and double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins on all sides, page size: 8 1/2 x 11 inches.
- Financial section: within the financing section of the business plan, entrants must include an explanation of the offering to investors indicating how much money is required, how it will be used, and how a deal might be structured (i.e., stock, debentures, etc.). The team is not required to reveal its desired deal, although the judges may ask questions about it. This section should also delineate possible exit strategies. Detailed financial data should be displayed in spreadsheet form as an appendix. Financial data should include a cash flow statement, income statement, and balance sheet.
- Social Impact Assessment section: Required. Please review the 2013 GSVC SIA Guidelines and access other helpful resources at the SIA section of our website.
- Business Plan PDFs should include the Team Resume booklet – these pages will not count toward the 25 page limit.
- Business plan PDFs should be titled using the following convention: TeamName_GSVCGlobalFinals_BPlan.pdf.
3. Team Resume Booklet
- Re-submit your revised or updated Team Resume Booklet PDF. Each individual’s resume should not exceed one page in length.
- Resume booklet PDFs should be titled using the following convention: TeamName_GSVCSemifinal_ResumeBooklet.pdf
- Please note that even if your team resume booklet has not changed from the one that was submitted for the executive summary round, we are asking you to rename the file and resubmit one for the semi-finals round.
4. Pitch Video
- Re-submit your revised or updated Pitch Video URL. 90 seconds or less, demonstrating your business opportunity and idea – the details and format of the video are left to your discretion and should best represent the strengths of your idea and team. This is especially useful for judges that will not meet the teams during this round.
- Complete and submit the Pitch Video Submission form in the Submission Forms box at the top of the page.
1. Team Presentations
2. Prepared 90-second pitch
- Each Finalist Team will be given 10 minutes to present its business plan followed by a 10-minute question and answer session between the presenting team and the judges. THESE TIME LIMITS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
- Only two members of the team may present. The graduate student MUST be one of the two presenters during the formal presentation. Additional team members, if present, may participate in the Q&A.
- Equipment needs: the presentation room will be set up with a LCD projector and screen and microphone. You will not be allowed to use your own computer for the presentation. Any additional requirements must be coordinated 2-3 weeks in advance.
- Finalist teams will have the opportunity to pitch their business in front of a live audience and judging panel.
- Pitches should describe the business opportunity and/or the problem and how your idea addresses it. Be sure to articulate what your business is and how it works. Conclude with a description of the resources (monetary, human, etc.) you may be looking for at this stage.
- Use of media will not be allowed during pitch