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Important Dates & Deadlines

For 2016-2017

Dec. 5th
Team Registration Deadline.  To register, teams must provide:

  • Team Name
  • Team Members' Names
  • The Title of the Proposed Startup
  • A One-Paragraph Summary of the Startup Idea 

Registration materials must be submitted no later than MIDNIGHT on DECEMBER 5th!  Email the requested items to

Jan. 26th                                
Team Draft Packets are due.  A draft packet consists of 4 items:

  • Core Value Statement
  • 1 to 2 page Executive Summary of the startup
  • 10 to 15 slide Presentation Deck (an additional 5 reference slides may be included beyond the 15)
  • Business Model Spreadsheet                                                   

The week of Feb. 6th    
Practice Pitch Week.  Finalist Selection Begins.

Feb. 13th 
Finalists Announced 

Feb. 16th                                                     
Team Final Packets are due 

Feb. 22nd 
The Big Idea Competition

NOTEThis school year during Half Block 2017 we are providing a Big Idea Intensive Course.  While not required, at least one member from each registered team is strongly encouraged to participate in the course.  The course will cover in detail the skills, tips, tools, and content relevant to preparing for the Big Idea competition - identifying your core value proposition, the importance of having a "minimum viable product", how to craft a good pitch, and financial modeling. (Taught by Patrick Bultema; offered as non-credit; held daily each afternoon at the Morreale Carriage House for the duration of Half Block.)