Submission Guidelines

Please read further for detailed information regarding the First Round Submission and the 5 Page Report:

First Round Submission

Teams enter the competition by submitting a 1 to 2 page document containing answers to a series of questions covering their technology, the best market for initial commercialization and the basic intellectual property aspects of their project.  The link below connects to a PDF file that contains the questions and instructions for entering the competition.


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Presentation Guidelines

Feedback and Championship Presentation Guidelines

In the feedback and championship presentations, the teams present a ten-minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes of questions from the judging panel.  The presentations expand on the information provided in the written submissions.  The teams are asked to address the current state of the technology and the feasibility of developing it for the suggested application, potential market barriers, competitive advantage, and whether there is a window of opportunity in the market for success of the idea. The feedback presentation is an opportunity to gain helpful feedback on presentation style, format, content, and structure.  The feedback presentations are a fundamental element of the competition that has been shown to result in significant improvements in participants’ presentations.

Presentation Pointers

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Judging Criteria

The Purpose

The purpose of this competition is to educate and develop technology entrepreneurs.  This means that innovation within the team is highly valued.  Teams featuring students who have invented or helped to invent the technology serve this purpose.  We also want to recognize invention in terms of creating a match between a market and the technology.  In other words, it is important to consider the contribution of the team in the creation of their opportunity.

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Online Resources

Teams may also refer to the following on-line information.

Technology Commercialization - Information on finding and evaluting potential markets for new technologies.

Intellectual Property - Information on filing and searching patents and other IP.

Research at UT Austin - Science, engineering, and business research centers at UT Austin.

UT Technologies - Information on technologies that the Office of Technology Commercialization has listed on their website.

Please note that some of the on-line indices and journals listed in these resources may require a UT Austin EID log-on.










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