Judging Criteria at Startup Weekend Charleston

09/07/2015 | By Jono Young

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co

[caption id="attachment_30602" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Startup Weekend Charleston Judges Startup Weekend Charleston Judges, from top-left: Patrick Bryant, Kevin Eichelberger, Karan Sorensen, Jamee Haley, Derek Willis[/caption]

Startup Weekend Charleston kicks off ay 6:30 PM on Friday, September 18th, 2015. Many of you are working on your pitch and thinking through all the last-minute details. Take a few minutes to get familiar with the judging criteria below and factor it into your vision.

The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighted equally):

1. Business Model

How does the team plan on making this a successful business? Have they thought about (either solved or identified problems) competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model etc?

2. Customer Validation

Are teams building something that people actually want? How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs. Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers?

3. Execution & Design

Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were they able to demo something functional?

Are You Ready?

During Startup Weekend, Mentors and Coaches will be looking for the teams that are solving real problems while also answering the questions outlined above. We can't wait to see what you come up with.