Judging Criteria

Live presentations will take place in two rounds. All live presentations will be a maximum of 10 minutes in length, with 10 minutes of questions from the judging panel. Judging will not be biased based on the type of business and their inherent pivoting timeframe (i.e. web-based businesses are able to pivot inherently more quickly compared to physical product-based businesses).

First Round
Semifinalist teams will be required to present their presentations live at the University of Windsor. Teams will present in front of a panel of highly experienced and qualified business experts. Each team will be assessed based on the judging criteria below. The top 5 teams with the highest score will move to the finalist round. All semi-finalists will be eligible for the Postmedia People’s Choice Award and KPMG Financial Competence Award.

Second Round
The final presentations will take place in front of a new panel of judges where the winner and runner-up of the RBC EPIC BMCC will be determined. Each finalist team will be judged on the Main Judging Criteria.

Each of the following criteria will be scored on a scale from 1 – 5, with 1 being poorly explained and 5 being exceptional.

Main Judging Criteria
Semi-Final and Final Competition will be judged on the following:

  1. Did the team clearly state their initial hypotheses and how they were developed?
  2. Is the customer problem a ‘significant’ problem and was ‘significant’ defined?
  3. Did the team identify which hypotheses are most crucial for their business success and therefore should be tested first?
  4. Did the team create fast, low cost, and effective methods for testing their hypotheses?
  5. Did the teams use the testing methods they developed in a reliable and effective manner?
  6. Did the team develop conclusions from the results of their testing, and did they clearly state whether their hypotheses were validated or invalidated?
  7. Did the team pivot based on supporting evidence from their testing?
  8. Did the team develop a minimum viable product, as opposed to immediately creating a full product, which addressed their hypotheses for further testing?
  9. Did the team use a business model canvas to record their progress?
  10. Did the team provide evidence that their business model/solution to a customer problem was validated?

Postmedia People’s Choice Award
All teams are eligible for this award

  1. Did the team demonstrate excellent presentation skills?
  2. Did the team effectively use and illustrate the business model canvas?
  3. Did the team demonstrate a general tenacity, drive and commitment to their venture?

KPMG Financial Competency Award
All teams are eligible for this award

  1. Did the team utilize their financial resources wisely in making their MVP (prototype)?
  2. Did the team present a sound revenue model?
  3. Did the team able to demonstrate a sustainable financial model that can take the business to the next level?

2018 Judges

<p align="center">Keith Henry<br>Windsor Mold Group</p>

Keith Henry
Windsor Mold Group

<p align="center">Colin McKillop<br>WECAN Angel Network</p>

Colin McKillop
WECAN Angel Network

<p align="center">Diane Reko<br>Reko Tool</p>

Diane Reko
Reko Tool

<p align="center">Duane Acorn<br>Postmedia</p>

Duane Acorn
Postmedia

<p align="center">Heather Pratt<br>University of Windsor</p>

Heather Pratt
University of Windsor

<p align="center">Frank Abbruzzese<br>Alphakor</p>

Frank Abbruzzese
Alphakor

<p align="center">Mary Kilfoil<br>Dalhousie University</p>

Mary Kilfoil
Dalhousie University

<p align="center">Sandra Vasquez<br>RBC</p>

Sandra Vasquez
RBC

<p align="center">Randy Myers<br>BDC</p>

Randy Myers
BDC

<p align="center">Dane Charles<br>RBC</p>

Dane Charles
RBC

<p align="center">Celso Oliviera<br>BDC</p>

Celso Oliviera
BDC

<p align="center">Marco Fiori<br>Field Street Consulting </p>

Marco Fiori
Field Street Consulting

<p align="center">Ali Abdulhussein<br>University of Windsor</p>

Ali Abdulhussein
University of Windsor

<p align="center">Nick Jones<br>St. Clair College</p>

Nick Jones
St. Clair College

<p align="center">Jacob Arcas<br>RBC</p>

Jacob Arcas
RBC

2018 Mentors

<p align="center">Aaron Mailloux<br>Capital Assist</p>

Aaron Mailloux
Capital Assist

<p align="center">Adam Frye<br>WEtech Alliance</p>

Adam Frye
WEtech Alliance

<p align="center">Matthew Johnson<br>City of Windsor</p>

Matthew Johnson
City of Windsor

<p align="center">Peter Wares<br>DevMark Consulting</p>

Peter Wares
DevMark Consulting

<p align="center">Hongwei Xu<br>University of Windsor</p>

Hongwei Xu
University of Windsor

<p align="center">Janis Windsor<br>Consultant</p>

Janis Windsor
Consultant

<p align="center">Rob Whent<br>National Research Council</p>

Rob Whent
National Research Council

<p align="center">Colin Matthews<br>EPIC Founder</p>

Colin Matthews
EPIC Founder

<p align="center">Paul Schlosser<br>Active Care Management</p>

Paul Schlosser
Active Care Management

<p align="center">Adam Castle<br>WEtech Alliance</p>

Adam Castle
WEtech Alliance

<p align="center">Connor Patterson<br>BDC</p>

Connor Patterson
BDC

<p align="center">Michael Slipchuck<br>BDC</p>

Michael Slipchuck
BDC