All early stage, pre-revenue green and sustainable chemistry-related companies are welcome to apply (Given the focus of this conference, we would ask that no entries related to biofuels or renewable energy production be submitted.)
Contestants submit an executive summary of no more than 10-15 PowerPoint slides, including any graphs and or charts. No attachments beyond this limit will be considered; longer submissions will be disqualified. Optional: contestants may also submit a company pitch through a 2-3 minute YouTube video.
All contestants must apply by April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT (GMT -4).
The top five contestants are selected by a panel of judges. If you are selected to be a semi-finalist, you will be notified by May 9, 2014. All semi-finalists will be given a free subscription to Business Plan Pro and free registration to a “Writing a Business Plan” webinar led by Dan Daly of Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center.
The semi-finalists will be asked to submit a comprehensive plan (maximum of 20 pages, including all supplemental materials) and will be called to present it on June 18, 2014 at the 18th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, in the Washington D.C. area.
● Each team will have a total of 20 minutes to present their business plan and answer questions from the judges. The business plan presentation cannot exceed 12 minutes with the remaining 8 minutes reserved for questions. If the business plan pitch lasts less than 12 minutes, the remaining time may also be used for questioning. Time limits will be strictly enforced.
● A team, once it has finished its presentation, may observe the presentation and Q&A session for subsequent teams. Teams may not observe presentations until after they have made their presentation.
The top two plans will be selected by the judging panel and the Grand Prize and Honorable Mention winners will be announced at the conference. They will each receive a large monetary prize awarded in the form of a grant (amount to be determined).
Dan Daly—Director of Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center
Michael Lefenfeld—President & CTO of SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.
Rui Resendes—Executive Director of Green Centre Canada