第四届卡内基梅隆大学中美创新创业峰会创业大赛 

 

 

赛事介绍

卡内基梅隆大学中美创新创业峰会创业大赛(以下简称“创业大赛”)旨在帮助有理想有抱负的中美学生相互交流学习,搭建创新思想与创业资源之间的桥梁,实现由创新到创业、由技术到资本的转变。创业大赛同时将为风险投资者提供一个发掘和培育新兴创业家的平台。在往届创业大赛中,我们得到了IDG资本、真格基金、金沙江创投、软银中国、源渡创投等创业资本,以及学术界和业界的鼎力支持。在这里,来自中美两国的创业者们将一展他们的创新创业成果。 本届峰会将于2015年4月25日和26日于美国宾夕法尼亚州匹兹堡市举办,届时来自中美两国的顶尖投资人及知名学府的学生将齐聚卡内基梅隆大学,共同探讨当前社会相关领域的热点话题,寻求更多中美两国在技术、资本等方面的合作机会。

此次创业大赛得到了中美两国创投行业领袖精英的大力支持,届时,每只参赛队伍都将展示各自的创新创业成果。除了丰厚的现金奖励之外,参赛团队将获得:

  • 关于创新创业、团队合作以及技术商业化的培训机会。
  • 与来自学术界、产业界、创投界以及政府的精英领袖进行交流,建立社交网络的机会。
  • 与来自中美两国顶尖学府志同道合的优秀大学生交流、切磋的机会。

 

比赛规则

参赛者资格

任何拥有有助于推动社会发展、技术革新创业创意的团队均可参赛。赛事主办方尤其鼓励参赛团队提出具有国际应用性(特别是对中国市场)的创意。具体参赛要求为:

  • 每支参赛队中至少有一名队员是当前注册学生(例如:本科生,研究生或博士生)。
  • 每名参赛队员只可以代表一支参赛队伍。
  • 每支参赛队必须按照创业大赛官方规定按时提交相关文件。

 

参赛项目要求

  • 参赛团队项目必须是原创成果,执行摘要必须由参赛者独立完成,不得请任何团队以外的人员或机构为其代笔。
  • 参赛所用执行摘要不得侵犯任何第三方的知识产权,工业产权或技术秘密。如出现有关纠纷,责任完全由参赛者承担。
  • 所有参赛材料以及决赛项目展示均需用英文完成。
  • 项目初选将基于团队提交的执行摘要(正文限制在两页),创业大赛组委会鼓励参赛团队在提交执行摘要的同时,附以产品原型或者相关信息,以帮助评委更全面的了解项目信息。
  • 参赛项目不得违反国际法和国家现行法律法规,或对人体健康、自然环境有危害。创业大赛组委会反对意图通过参加创业大赛进行不正当宣传炒作从而达到个人或组织不良目的的行为。

决赛展示规则

  • 由中美天使投资和风险投资人组成的创业大赛评选委员会将从报名队伍中选出十到十五支参加决赛演示环节。
  • 晋级到决赛的参赛队必须至少有一名成员代表参赛队参加决赛当日(4月26日)的演示。在决赛中无故缺席的队伍将被自动取消比赛资格。
  • 在决赛演示中,每只队伍首先将有十分钟的时间进行演示和陈述创意,之后将会有五分钟的问答环节。
  • 只允许参与上台演示的参赛队成员回答提问。
  • 在创意陈述和演示的过程中,允许参赛队员参考笔记;但是,单一复述笔记的陈述方式将对参赛队伍造成负面影响。
  • 创业大赛主办方将会为参赛队伍配备带有多媒体投影仪,USB接口和已接入互联网的电脑设备。

赛事进程

  • 四月五日     执行摘要,项目简介提交及报名截止
  • 四月十二日    决赛队伍名单发布
  • 四月十九日    执行计划书及其他材料提交截止
  • 四月二十六日   决赛展示与奖项颁布

评审标准

评委会将根据以下标准对参赛项目进行评审:

  • 所解决问题的重要性
  • 解决方案的可行性
  • 市场潜力
  • 竞争优势
  • 经济价值
  • 原创性

奖项设置

  • 创业大赛评委会将根据评审标准选出此次创业大赛的前三名,前三名将分享由卡内基梅隆大学中美创新创业峰会组委会提供的共计10000美元的创业大赛奖金。
  • 此次创业大赛设置由社创客提供的单项奖,共计5000美元。单项奖分为社会创新奖与环境创新奖,分别包含1000美元的“天马行空”商业计划奖(需要有产品技术描述,商业模式与可行性分析)与1500美元的“脚踏实地”产品服务奖(已有产品原型)。
  • 所有进入决赛的创业队伍均能得到创业导师的直接意见反馈,并有机会与创业导师进行一对一的交流,寻求进一步投资合作的可能性。

 

特别声明

注意事项

  • 项目简介(100~200字,英文)将用于参赛团队及创业项目推广。
  • 组委会出于宣传或协调参赛团队获取外界支持等目的时,拥有使用团队项目名称及简介的权利。
  • 参赛队伍将有可能收到参与此次创业大赛的媒体见面邀请。
  • 参赛者必须遵守比赛规则并服从评委会的决议,否则将取消有关获奖资格。
  • 创业大赛组委会保留根据实际情况更改奖项设置及创业大赛日程安排的权利。

保密条款

创业大赛组委会通过以下方式为参赛作品保守商业秘密:

  • 创业大赛工作人员不得向外泄漏参赛作品中任何未公开的信息。
  • 创业大赛将要求评委会成员为参赛项目保密,不允许与未经授权的第三方共享执行计划书的行为,但不为评委口头行为产生的结果负责。

法律免责申明

  • 为了维护参赛者的合法权益,创业大赛主办方建议参赛团队提高知识产权保护意识。如发生任何可能对第三方版权的侵犯,创业大赛主办方将不承担任何法律责任,并将取消相关参赛个人与团队的参赛资格。
  • 参赛者将承担因参加创业大赛而产生的一切法律后果(包括但不限于侵犯第三人专利权、著作权、商标权、肖像权、名誉权和隐私权等),创业大赛主办方对此不承担任何法律责任,并有权取消相关获奖资格。
  • 本条款修改权、更新权及最终解释权均归创业大赛主办方所有。

 

 

 

 

  CMU SUMMIT
 NEW VENTRURE COMPETITION 

 

 

Overview

MISSION STATEMENT

CMU Summit New Venture Competition (“the Competition”) aims to build a communication platform for ambitious Chinese and American Students. We are striving to bridge the gap between the resources that entrepreneurs need and what the entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer. The Competition will be a platform for identifying, nurturing and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs. Previous years’ competitions have been supported by Zhen Fund, IDG Ventures, SoftBank China, West Summit Capital, SBCVC and GSR Ventures. We also had strong support from academia and industry.

This year the Competition will be held on April 25 and 26, 2015, in Pittsburgh, PA. Students from top universities and leading experts from China and the US will meet at Carnegie Mellon University to explore solutions to critical social issues, and seek better collaboration between technology and funding.

The New Venture Competition is supported by leaders of venture capital in China and the US. Every participating team will have the opportunity to present their innovative products. Besides cash awards of $15,000, contestants will also have access to:

  • Educational opportunities regarding innovation, collaboration and commercialization.
  • Networking opportunities with leaders from academia, industry, venture capital firms, and government institutions.
  • The opportunity to learn from the innovative ideas and visions of peers.

 

Rules

ELIGIBILITY

Any student team with ideas that have significant social or technological values is welcome to participate. We especially encourage teams with ideas applicable worldwide (esp. China) to participate. The Competition also requires that:

  • At least one member of each team must be a currently enrolled student (i.e. undergraduates, graduate students or postdocs).
  • Each participant can only represent one team.
  • Every team must submit supporting materials on time and in the required format.

ORIGINALITY

  • All submissions must represent the original work of each contestant. Submitted Executive Summaries must be written by team members only; writing by any other individuals or institutions is forbidden.
  • Submissions must not violate contracts, intellectual property and/or other rights of third parties. It is the participating teams’ full responsibility to resolve related disputes.
  • All submissions and final presentations must be presented in English.
  • The preliminary selections will be based on the Executive Summaries submitted (please limit the text to two pages). We encourage teams to submit product prototypes (if applicable) and/or other relevant materials along with the Executive Summaries.
  • All submissions must be based on legitimate business enterprises. Ventures that involve breaking the law or are hazardous to human health or the environment are strictly prohibited.

FINAL PRESENTATION

  • A committee of judges formed by angel investors and venture capitalists will select 10 to 15 finalists from all submissions.
  • At least one member of each of the finalist team must be able to attend the final presentation; absent teams will be automatically disqualified.
  • Finalists are required to deliver a 10-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A session.
  • Only pitching team member(s) can answer questions (Only the people who present the work may answer the questions from the judges or the audience).
  • Using notes during a presentation is permitted, but reading entirely from notes will adversely affect the evaluation of a team.
  • Equipment provided includes a built-in multi-media projector and a computer with internet access and USB ports.

TIMELINE

  • April 5  Executive Summary and Project Introduction deadline
  • April 12  Announcement of finalists
  • April 19  Executive Plan and supplementary materials deadline
  • April 26  Final presentation and awards ceremony

JUDGING CRITERIA

The judges will evaluate each business plan based on the following criteria:

  • Importance of the problem to be solved
  • Feasibility of solution
  • Market size
  • Competitive advantage
  • Economic value
  • Originality

AWARDS

  • The top 3 teams selected by the judges will share cash awards of $10,000 in total.
  • Additional $5,000 cash awards include Social Innovation Award and Environmental Innovation Award, sponsored by Sinovator. Each of the two includes:
  • Best Idea with a $1,000 cash award (recipients must have detailed product description, business model and feasibility analysis);
  • Best Prototype with a $1,500 cash award (recipients must have usable product prototypes).
  • All finalists will have direct feedback from the mentors, the opportunity to have one-to-one conversations and seek further investment from them.

 

Other Issues

GUIDELINES

  • Project Introduction, a 150 to 200-word description of the business plan or prototype, may be used for marketing, funding raising or other public relations purposes.
  • Contestants may be asked to speak to the media upon request by the CMU Summit.
  • Contestants must follow all guidelines of the Competition and adhere to decisions made by the Organizing Committee of the Competition. Contestants will be disqualified otherwise.

CONFIDENTIALITY

The Organizing Committee of the Competition protects the confidentiality of all contestants’ business plans and products in the following ways:

  • Members of the Organizing Committee must not share confidential information of contestants and submitted business plans with unauthorized personnel.
  • The Organizing Committee requests that all judges must not share confidential information of contestants and submitted business plans with unauthorized personnel. However, the Organizing Committee is not responsible for actions or verbal statements of the judges.
    DISCLAIMERS
  • To protect the rights of contestants, we strongly encourage all contestants to raise the awareness of intellectual property protection. In cases of intellectual property violations to third parties, the Organizing Committee reserves the rights to disqualify any teams committing intellectual property violations. The Organizing Committee is not responsible for any of the legal outcomes.
  • Contestants are fully responsible for any legal outcomes of participating in the Competition including, but not limited to, third party patents, copyrights, trademark rights, privacy rights etc. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to disqualify contestants in cases of such violations and is not responsible for the legal outcomes.
  • The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make changes to the awards and schedule.