Judges

Judging for the BIG Idea Competition

The judging takes place during the first two weeks of November each year and can be done completely online. In most cases, the judging should take no more than 2 hours time and does not have to be done all at once.  For those that are interested in judging, once an account has been created, judges are assigned entries to judge which they access through a judging website. The judges are provided with a scoresheet to complete online with each entry. Examples of the scoresheet and past judged entries are available at the judging website. The competition requires a large number of volunteer judges as each entry is judged by three separate people to determine the top scoring entries as finalists. To be a judged, just email your interest to kelly@growsd.org and you will be sent an invitation link to create your judging account!

 

Judge Login- http://judging.bigideasd.com/login.php

 

Judging the Submitted Idea

The first round of judging will consist of a panel of judges from the entrepreneurial community, which may include successful entrepreneurs, business professionals, professors and university entrepreneurship students.  Each entry is rated by 3 different judges and those scores will be averaged to determine the final Round 1 score.  There is a maximum of 500 points that will be awarded in the first round.  Students will be awarded points based on the creativity and innovation of the idea or the implementation of the idea.

The eight top scoring ideas will be the finalists who advance to the final competition. Those entries that score within 10% of the finalists’ scores will be designated as Honorable Mention.

Every BIG Idea submission will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Concept Overview (50 points)
  • Product or Service (100 points)
  • Market Opportunity (100 points)
  • Competition (100 points)
  • Management and Operation (75 points)
  • Creativity and Innovation (25 points)
  • Grammar/Spelling (50 points)

 

Sample Scoresheets

 

Judging the Wellness Category

To enter this category, students’ business concept must promote wellness. Wellness is defined as a state of being in good physical and mental health.  Students must  check the Wellness box in the Entry form under the Business Name section to be submitted in this category.  The top 10 scoring entries will be submitted. Sanford Health’s expert panel of judges determines the winner of this category. The winning prize is $500.

Judging the Agriculture Category

To enter this category, students’ business concept must promote agriculture. Agriculture is defined as……….. Students must check the agriculture box in the entry form under the business name section to be submitted into this category. The top 10 scoring entries will be submitted. Midwest Ag Supply’s expert panel of judges determines the winner of this category. The winning prize is $500.