Rules, Eligibility, and IP Guidelines


  • Anyone with a passion for education and/or entrepreneurship may enter.
  • Your idea must be relevant to education.
  • There is no limit on the number of team members.
  • One idea per team.

Rules of Participation

  • The idea your team presents must be your own.
  • Final presentations must not exceed 6 minutes.
  • Finalists must attend one of the two practice round sessions (dates Friday April 13th, other date TUES or WED)
  • Pitch labs for finalists on the week of March 26th are optional, but strongly encouraged.
  • An individual may only participate on one team.
  • Teams must abide by all intellectual property and business laws.
  • All competition participants will be responsible for taking the proper steps to protect their intellectual property.

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property Guidelines

  • Participants should be aware that neither administrators of the competition nor judges of the competition will be required, nor should they be asked, to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDA). The pitch will present ideas at a relatively early stage of development, and such ideas are often very difficult to protect. Thus, entrants should understand the potential impact of their participation in the competition. If a team wishes to keep elements of their concept or idea confidential, the team should not include that information in their pitch. If there are or may be concerns with protection of intellectual property, please be sure to consult with appropriate legal and/or business advisors prior to participation in the competition.
  • All public sessions of the competition event, including but not limited to oral presentations and question/answer sessions, are open to the public at large. All of these public sessions may be broadcast to a larger audience through media, which may include radio, television and the Internet. Any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by entrants should be considered information that will likely enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged or presented in these sessions.
  • By participating in this competition, each participant and team member acknowledges that this event is a public event and that judges, organizers, sponsors, audience members, and other individuals involved in the event do not sign nondisclosure agreements and are not liable for any reason.

If any team has been found be in violation of these rules, the team will be disqualified, and any prize money will be forfeited.

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