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  • Judging Criteria

    Live presentations will take place in two rounds. All live presentations will be a maximum of 10 minutes in length, with 10 minutes of questions from the judging panel. Judging will not be biased based on the type of business and their inherent pivoting timeframe (i.e. web-based businesses are able to pivot inherently more quickly compared to physical product-based businesses).

    First Round
    Semifinalist teams will be required to present their presentations live at the University of Windsor. Teams will present in front of a panel of highly experienced and qualified business experts. Each team will be assessed based on the judging criteria below. The top 5 teams with the highest score will move to the finalist round. All semi-finalists will be eligible for the Postmedia People’s Choice Award and KPMG Financial Competence Award.

    Second Round
    The final presentations will take place in front of a new panel of judges where the winner and runner-up of the RBC EPIC BMCC will be determined. Each finalist team will be judged on the Main Judging Criteria.

    Each of the following criteria will be scored on a scale from 1 – 5, with 1 being poorly explained and 5 being exceptional.

    Main Judging Criteria
    Semi-Final and Final Competition will be judged on the following:

    1. Did the team clearly state their initial hypotheses and how they were developed?
    2. Is the customer problem a ‘significant’ problem and was ‘significant’ defined?
    3. Did the team identify which hypotheses are most crucial for their business success and therefore should be tested first?
    4. Did the team create fast, low cost, and effective methods for testing their hypotheses?
    5. Did the teams use the testing methods they developed in a reliable and effective manner?
    6. Did the team develop conclusions from the results of their testing, and did they clearly state whether their hypotheses were validated or invalidated?
    7. Did the team pivot based on supporting evidence from their testing?
    8. Did the team develop a minimum viable product, as opposed to immediately creating a full product, which addressed their hypotheses for further testing?
    9. Did the team use a business model canvas to record their progress?
    10. Did the team provide evidence that their business model/solution to a customer problem was validated?

    Postmedia People’s Choice Award
    All teams are eligible for this award

    1. Did the team demonstrate excellent presentation skills?
    2. Did the team effectively use and illustrate the business model canvas?
    3. Did the team demonstrate a general tenacity, drive and commitment to their venture?

    KPMG Financial Competency Award
    All teams are eligible for this award

    1. Did the team utilize their financial resources wisely in making their MVP (prototype)?
    2. Did the team present a sound revenue model?
    3. Did the team able to demonstrate a sustainable financial model that can take the business to the next level?

    2019 Judges

    <p align="center">Aaron Mailloux<br>Associate <br> Capital Assist Valuation Inc.</p>

    Aaron Mailloux
    Capital Assist Valuation Inc.

    <p align="center">Adam Castle<br>Director of Venture Services <br>WEtech Alliance </p>

    Adam Castle
    Director of Venture Services
    WEtech Alliance

    <p align="center">Ali AbdulHussein<br>MEM Program Coordinator<br> University of Windsor</p>

    Ali AbdulHussein
    MEM Program Coordinator
    University of Windsor

    <p align="center">Debbie Landers<br>COO<br>Georgian Partners</p>

    Debbie Landers
    Georgian Partners

    <p align="center">Diane Reko <br>CEO<br>  Reko International Group</p>

    Diane Reko
    Reko International Group

    <p align="center">Duane Acorn<br>Senior Manager<br>  Postmedia </p>

    Duane Acorn
    Senior Manager

    <p align="center">Janis Windsor <br>Organizational Change Management Consultant<br>  SuccessTown</p>

    Janis Windsor
    Organizational Change Management Consultant

    <p align="center">Joseph Heraldo<br>CEO <br> Measuredlive</p>

    Joseph Heraldo

    <p align="center">Lauren Makaric<br>Business Account Manager<br>RBC</p>

    Lauren Makaric
    Business Account Manager

    <p align="center">Lynda Heij<br>President  <br>LP45 Consulting </p>

    Lynda Heij
    LP45 Consulting

    <p align="center">Myrtle Amrita Donnipad <br>Youth

    Myrtle Amrita Donnipad
    Youth & Entrepreneurship Advisor
    WindsorEssex Small Business Centre

    <p align="center">Nicole Anderson   <br>Business Consultant</p>

    Nicole Anderson
    Business Consultant

    <p align="center">Paul Schlosser <br>Client Relationship Manager<br>  Active Care Management  </p>

    Paul Schlosser
    Client Relationship Manager
    Active Care Management

    <p align="center">Robert Whent <br>Industrial Technical Advisor IRAP <br>National Research Council Canada </p>

    Robert Whent
    Industrial Technical Advisor IRAP
    National Research Council Canada

    <p align="center">Roger Kirkness <br> CEO  <br>Convictional </p>

    Roger Kirkness

    <p align="center">Shelly Fellows<br> VP Communications<br>  AIS Technologies Group </p>

    Shelly Fellows
    VP Communications
    AIS Technologies Group

    <p align="center">Terra Cadeau<br> Director

    Terra Cadeau
    Director & PMO
    Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare