Student-centered virtual startup competition focusing on both business and technology

Welcome to Jumpstart! Jumpstart is a 3-day virtual startup competition where students will create a tech startup idea, validating assumptions in both business and technology. Jumpstart surrounds students with mentors, resources, and passionate local leaders — all here for students' success and real learning by doing. During this weekend, students will not only learn about the processes of a startup, but also explore what career direction best fits them through experiencing a certain part of a startup.

 

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Prizes

$1,000 in prizes

Best Tech (1st place)

Team that scores the highest in the tech category by judges wins $150 along with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best Tech (2nd place)

Team that scores the 2nd highest in the tech category by judges wins $100 along with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best Tech (3rd place)

Team that scores the 3rd highest in the tech category by judges wins office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best Business (1st Place)

Team that scores the highest in the business category by judges wins $150 along with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best Business (2nd Place)

Team that scores the 2nd highest in the business category by judges wins $100 along with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best Business (3rd place)

Team that scores the 3rd highest in the business category by judges wins office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best in High School (1st Place)

High school team that scores the highest overall by judges including market validation (popular vote) wins $150 along with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best in High School (2nd Place)

High school team that scores the highest overall by judges including market validation (popular vote) wins $100 along with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best in High School (3rd Place)

High school team that scores the highest overall by judges including market validation (popular vote) wins office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best Overall (1st place)

Team that scores the highest overall by judges with market validation (popular vote) wins $150 along with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best Overall (2nd place)

Team that scores the 2nd highest overall by judges with market validation (popular vote) wins $100 along with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Best Overall (3rd place)

Team that scores the highest overall by judges with market validation (popular vote) wins with office hours with an industry leader displayed on our website, jumpstarttoday.org!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any student from middle school to college undergrad can participate!

Team Size: Maximum of 6 members

Requirements

On Devpost, submit the video pitch of the startup you develop over the course of the competition, make sure to address concepts listed in the criteria and share the WHY behind your startup idea. At the end of the day, judges are humans and will have an emotional connection with your idea. Take advantage of that!

Additionally, please link either demo with functionality or feature documentation in your submission.

Judges

Dan McCreary

Dan McCreary
Optum

Charu Chadha
UnitedHealth Group

Deepak Chadha

Deepak Chadha
Best Buy

Saahil Chadha
University of California–Berkeley

Stephanie Lolich
Minnetonka Public Schools

Nick Tietz

Nick Tietz
ILT Studios

Allison Boerum

Allison Boerum
Virtuwoof

Parker Erickson

Simone Grapini-Goodman

Pierre Sackey

Tina	Wallman

Tina Wallman

Jon Herke
TigerGraph

Edward Sverdlin
Futurist Academy

Eb Karikari

Eb Karikari
ADP

Michael Shaler
TigerGraph

Andrew Werner

Andrew Werner

Sriram Uppuluri

Sriram Uppuluri

Vishal Kolipaka

Judging Criteria

  • Functionality (TECH)
    Developed functionality? Assess the functionality of the features in their solution If not? How well was each feature documented? *If this documentation was given to a developer, how well would the developed feature meet the requirements?
  • Clarity of Solution (TECH)
    How does the solution solve the problem? Is it built in the customer in mind? Does it make sense?–shown through visual/demo
  • Originality and Creativity (TECH)
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? A better way of doing something?
  • Problem Relevance (BUSINESS)
    Is this problem clearly described, reasonable and affects a certain target market? Can opportunity arise from this problem?
  • Target Market (BUSINESS)
    Is the target market clearly identified? Does it make sense?
  • Revenue Model (BUSINESS)
    Does the revenue model seem viable?
  • Presentation
    Does this presentation excite you? Did the presentation overall present the information in a clear, professional manner?