Teams will be judged on the following criteria during their presentations at Tri-State:

Overall Organization (10 Points)
Materials presented in clear, logical order, and/or sequence.

Interdisciplinary Team (5 Points)
Team member(s) enrolled in majors in more than one college in the university.

Ability to Engage Judges (10 Points)
The pace and content of the presentation is appropriate for an investment audience, the judges questions are answered clearly and concisely.

Quality of Written Plan (15 Points)
Written and oral presentations are consistent. Written plan supports assertions in the oral presentation. Written plan communicates business concept as a stand-alone document, and stimulates potential investor attention.

Quality of Visual Aids (10 Points)
Clear, interesting visual aids that help explain the business ideas and concepts. May bring sample products, but no food, drink, or promotional giveaways may be given to the judges.

Market Opportunity (10 Points)
Clear market need presented, as well as a way to take advantage of that need. Meaningful examples and practical applications.

Distinctive Competence (10 Points)
The company provides something novel and/or unique that gives it a competitive advantage.

Management Capability (10 Points)
The team can effectively develop this company and handle the risks associated with the venture.

Financial Understanding (10 Points)
The team has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of the business.

Investment Potential (10 Points)
The business represents an investment opportunity in which one would consider investing.

Submission Instructions and Deadline

Business plans are limited to 30 pages of typed text, which includes the Executive Summary and excludes appendices. Cover sheets are not counted in the total number of pages. All plans must be created in either Microsoft Word or in PDF.

Business plans and PowerPoints are due by 5:00 p.m. CDT Friday, May 9, 2014. A Dropbox folder has been set up for each team to upload the revised business plans and PowerPoint files. Team members and faculty advisors will receive an invitation via email to join their team’s folder. Please alert either Shannon Frazeur or Marie Bruno if there are problems with uploading the documents. Telephone: 501-374-9247.

Audio / Visual Guidelines

Teams are required to provide a PowerPoint backup file for oral presentations. Entrants may utilize a presentation program separate from PowerPoint (example: Prezi, Keynote, etc.), but we require a PowerPoint file should you need a backup.

Reminder: These required backup PowerPoint presentations are to be uploaded via the team’s Dropbox folder by 5 p.m. CDT Friday, May 9. Please e-mail or call Shannon Frazeur,, 501-374-9247, if you have trouble uploading your file. Please ensure your PowerPoint’s file name is the same as the name of your business plan.

The equipment that will be provided in presentation rooms are:

  • Podium (laptop must be connected at the podium)
  • Projector with VGA-only connection (audio cable included with speakers)
  • Large Projection Screen

You may use your own laptop (Windows or Mac based) but know that your personal laptop and or converters may not be compatible with the projectors provided in the presentation rooms. You are required to connect your own laptop and bring your own converter for any operating systems that are not MS Windows based.

If you do not have a laptop for your presentation, AEAF can provide your team a Windows-based laptop. This request must be made to Shannon Frazeur ( by 5 p.m. Friday, May 9.

AEAF does not furnish converters, pointers, or wireless presentation mice.

AEAF does not guarantee video, sound clips, fonts, etc., to work or display at full capacity. AEAF will provide assistance for PowerPoint-uploaded materials (the file you provided on May 9).

Wi-Fi is available in all presentation rooms.