Three Rounds, One Finale, Ten Thousand Big Ones
The 3rd annual Impact Venture Challenge will span both fall and spring terms of the 2016 - 2017 Academic Year. Recognizing that scheduling conflicts for a student in either the fall or spring may deter IVC engagement, we'll produce fall and spring tracks for the accelerator programming. We encourage all competitors to strongly consider joining as part of the Fall 2016 cohort. The broader time frame enables Impact to deliver a greater breadth of deep value learning opportunities. However, joining as part of the Spring 2017 cohort is still an option for those unable to join earlier.
Rounds of the Challenge
Round One is the competitor's first chance to proves the validity of their idea. Following the informational meeting and ideation workshop, teams will draft their concept overviews. Concept overviews are up to three pages long and outline the business opportunity, solution, and potential impact. Competitors are eliminated, asked to revise and resubmit, or advanced to round 2.
Round Two is very full round all about planning and practice. Planning is tough, especially for the visionaries in the world, however a strong plan is a critical step towards successful launch. Competitors will receive training in general business planning as well as in-depth marketing and finance training to help them draft their impact venture's plan. Teams will attend a "Story Telling" workshop that empowers them to craft excellent venture pitches. In round 2, teams will also receive a mentor from the community that has proven themselves in business leadership, strategy, or finance. Teams are eliminated, asked to revise and resubmit, or advanced as finalists based on their impact venture plan and pitch.
Round Three is the final round of the Impact Venture Challenge. We are anticipating a strong pool of competitors, yet only six teams will advance as finalists in round three. Finalists will continue to team up with their mentors to further refine both their plan and pitch. A final workshop will give teams a chance for in-depth conversations with judges from previous rounds regarding key improvements they should make over the ensuing three weeks leading up to the IVC finale held in Parmer Hall of the High Center at Messiah College at 7pm on April 28th 2017. On the grand stage, finalists will pitch their ventures to six judges and a full auditorium, each of them competing for a piece of the $10,000 of capital up for grabs. First place wins $5,000; second place $3,000; third place $2,000.