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COMPETITION DETAILS

To qualify, Youth Entrepreneurs (YEs) must meet the following criteria:

  • AGE REQUIREMENTS: YEs must be between the ages of 13 and 19 during the application submission period.
     

  • RESIDENCY: Open to all U.S. and Canada residents.
     

  • APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Deadline to apply, March 1 - May 1. YEs should be prepared to: (1) Submit a Concept Profile + Pitch Video (2) Participate in a three-day virtual Bootcamp (3) Pitch during a virtual Pitch Finale. To view a template for the Concept Profile, Executive Summary and Business Plan visit the i.Invest Knowledge Center
     

  • APPLICATION FEE: $39 non-refundable application fee required.  
     

  • SHOW & TELL: YEs are required to have a demonstrable product or service that was derived from their imagination and creativity (i.e. YEs must "show" how the product/service works and "tell" what problems the product/service will solve). 
     

  • PARENTAL APPROVAL: Parental approval is required for YEs 16 and under.
     

  • VERIFICATION: YEs must have their products and services verified by a teacher, business leader or entrepreneur before they can advance to the final round. Verifications are proof of the authenticity of the youth entrepreneur’s business idea. 

 

APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Online scoring​
     
  • Business concepts evaluated by top industry leaders 
     
  • Virtual business coaching + one-on-one mentoring
     
  • Connect with entrepreneurs from across the U.S.
     
  • Up to five companies will win a $1,000 non-equity investment 

CATEGORIES

CATEGORY 1

 

General Business Products & Services (13 – 15 year olds)

General Business Products & Services (16 - 19 year olds)

 

This category will include, but is not limited to, Apparel, Food, Arts & Crafts, Home & Personal Goods and Business Services.

 

CATEGORY 2

 

Technology Products  (15 – 19 year olds)

 

This category will include, but is not limited to, IT Hardware/Software, Apps and Mobile and other Devices.

 

CATEGORY 3

 

Socially Conscious Business Products & Services (13 – 19 year olds)

 

This category will include, but is not limited to, charitable organizations and clean/green products and services.

SCORING CRITERIA

Scoring Criteria will include:

 

ROUND 1 - JUDGE/COACH REVIEW CONCEPT PROFILES & PITCH VIDEO

  • Concept Profile (includes up to 20 questions. Ex. product/service description, target audience, marketing, etc.)

  • Pitch Video (Initial Review)

    • Product Presentation

    • Showmanship

TOP APPLICANTS WILL ADVANCE TO ROUND 2

  

ROUND 2 - VIRTUAL BOOTCAMP PARTICIPATION (MANDATORY)

During the Bootcamp, applicants will learn about:

  • Business Leadership

  • Business Strategy Development

    • Vision/Mission Development

    • Branding/Marketing/Social Media

    • Finance

    • Supply Chain Management

    • Funding

  • Pitch Presentation

    • Showmanship

    • Wow Factor

 

TOP APPLICANTS WILL ADVANCE TO THE FINAL ROUND

ROUND 3 - JUDGES REVIEW (WINNERS SELECTED)  

  • Virtual or Live Pitch Event

    • ​Entrepreneurial Spirit

    • Product Knowledge

    • Salesmanship

    • Wow Factor