To be considered for a prize or award, you must submit your BizIdea by 11:59PM on April 15 and attend the YouthBiz Expo from 5:00-8:00PM on the third Thursday of April.
You are eligible to win cash prizes and scholarship awards if you:
- are between the ages of 14 and 19 at the time your register;
- submit a BizIdea on this website for a business or social enterprise that is legal for you to start, operate, produce, possess, and/or sell;
- exhibit a BizBoard and make a 1-minute BizPitch at the YouthBiz Expo;
- submit a BizIdea by yourself or as part of a team of up to three members. (Each team member must register individually. Your team should select a captain and compose, edit, and submit your BizIdea using the captain’s BizVenture! account. The captain should enter the team members’ first and last names and cities of residence in the fields provided at the top of the BizIdea template.); and
- live in the North Quabbin, Franklin County, or Hampshire County.
A team of judges will score your BizIdea using the values and criteria below. Judges are volunteers representing area businesses, schools, towns, civic and non-profit groups, and youth. Their scores will be averaged and the awards presented to contestants with the highest average scores. If there are tied scores, the judges will decide the final ranking based on a second review of contestants’ BizBoards and BizPitches.
BizIdea 70 points
BizPitch 15 points
BizBoard 15 points
Total 100 points
BizIdea Scoring Criteria
Summary (10 points max.): You clearly summarize your idea, including your products and/or services, your customers’ needs, the origin of your idea, and your target market, target customer, and competitive advantage.
Description (10 points max.): You clearly describe your idea: your products and/or services, your target market, your target customer, and your competitive advantage.
Customers (10 points max.): You understand the business type you selected, target market, target customer, customers’ needs, and have a realistic plan to reach, attract, and sell to customers.
Competitors (10 points max.): Has identified competitors and has a good grasp of their histories, locations, pricing, and marketing strategies.
Competitive Edge (10 points max.): Has described the competitive advantage of their business.
Goals (10 points max.): Has three realistic short-, medium- and long-term business goals.
Overall (10 points max): Has done a quality job with researching, conceptualizing, and writing-including clarity, spelling, grammar, and punctuation-that is consistent with their age and educational level.
BizBoard & BizPitch Scoring Criteria
(30 points max) The contestant has done a quality job summarizing their written business plan into a persuasive table display, including creativity, design, thoroughness, and clarity. The contestant has made a persuasive sales pitch and provided satisfactory answers to the judges’ questions (including level of enthusiasm, degree of confidence, audible speech, eye contact, firm handshake, completeness of pitch, organization of pitch, professional dress, professional posture, persuasiveness).
Your BizIdea will be judged within one of two age categories: 14-16, 17-19.
Special Category Awards
You may opt to have your BizIdea considered for one of these awards. Each will be scored using a scale from 1 to 10. The Judges’ scores will be averaged and the awards presented to contestants with the highest average scores. The outcome of ties will be left to the discretion of the Judges.
BizJudges’ Choice Award: BizIdea that the judges deem worthy of an award regardless of score or criteria.
Green Impact Award: BizIdea that shows the greatest promise of solving an environmental issue or problem.
Social Impact Award: BizIdea that shows the greatest promise of solving a social issue or problem.
Creative/Innovation Award: BizIdea that demonstrates the most original thinking and creativity in its concept and design.
Arts & Culture Award: BizIdea that has the most potential for contributing to a thriving arts & culture economy in the region.
Technology Award: BizIdea that proposes the most innovative use of technology in its operation and delivery.
Energy Award: BizIdea that advances the best means of producing and distributing energy derived from renewable sources or conserving energy produced from any source.
Agriculture Award: BizIdea that demonstrates the most potential for developing, implementing, supporting, or advocating healthy, wholesome, and sustainable food production, distribution or consumption practices.
Health & Wellness Award: BizIdea that has the most potential for boosting health and wellness in our society.
Government Award: BizIdea that proposes the most creative and impactful solution to making local, state, federal government more responsive, efficient, effective, transparent or accountable.
Cooperative Award: BizIdea with the most potential for creating or expanding a consumer, producer, worker, purchasing, or hybrid cooperative.
Job Creation Award: BizIdea that demonstrates the most potential for creating the greatest number of part-time or full-time living wage jobs in the shortest time frame.
Local Impact Award: BizIdea the demonstrates the most potential for boosting the quality of life for residents of the North Quabbin, Franklin County, and/or Hampshire County.
International Award: BizIdea the demonstrates the most potential for boosting the quality of life for those living in one or more regions of high need outside the United States of America.
Philanthropic Award: BizIdea that proposes to do the most good for the most people.
Code of Ethics
We ask you to abide by the following code of ethics. Anyone found not to be honoring this code will be disqualified from the Challenge.
Employees of the Series’ presenters and their family members are ineligible to participate.
Judges may not score a BizIdea of any entrant whom they would be unable to assess impartially because of a family, friend, or other personal or professional relationship.
Soliciting input and advice from others is permitted. However, BizIdeas, BizBoards, and BizPitches must consist of contestants’ original work and be in their own words. Quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing the work of others is permitted but must be referenced using MLA Style endnotes: www.citationmachine.net. Plagiarism will result in elimination from the Challenge.
Tampering with the Challenge website or social media accounts or using other improper means to increase a score will result in elimination from the Challenge.
Contestants must be respectful of other contestants, Judges, program staff, and supporters in all interactions: online, in writing, or in person. Disrespectful language and behavior will not be tolerated and will result in elimination from the Challenge.
BizIdeas will be evaluated without regard to contestants’ sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, age, social class, income level, political beliefs, town or area of residence, school, disability, national origin, past or current court involvement, and all other forms of bias and discrimination.
Contest staff and volunteers will endeavor to reach out to and include in the contest all eligible young people regardless of their race, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, social class, income level, political beliefs, town or area of residence, school, disability, national origin, or past or current court involvement.
Staff and volunteers, with adequate notice, will make every reasonable accommodation to include and support the full participation of contestants with disabilities.