Hey teams!

I know you're all working really hard, but it's critical that you take a moment and read this e-mail about the breakdown for Saturday night’s presentations:

· You will be connecting your personal laptops to the projector for your presentations. Tech check will be at 3:00 PM
· Each team will have 5 minutes to present. The panel will have 3 minutes of questions and feedback, then we'll
Hey teams!

I know you're all working really hard, but it's critical that you take a moment and read this e-mail about the breakdown for Saturday night’s presentations:

· You will be connecting your personal laptops to the projector for your presentations. Tech check will be at 3:00 PM
· Each team will have 5 minutes to present. The panel will have 3 minutes of questions and feedback, then we'll jump straight to the next presentation. We will be very strict on timing - just like Thursday night
· The room is yours. Use any visual aids you want. Make it interactive if you can. But remember that you have 5 minutes.
· We will alert you when you have one minute remaining. We will not allow pitches to go long; some of the panel members need to leave at a certain time.

Your Judges will be:

Mr. Ibrahim Al-Mannai – QDB
Mr. Georges Salem – QDB ISTESHARA
Mrs. Duha AL-Buhindi – Digital Incubation Center
Dr. Marios I Katsioloudes – Qatar University


Full bios here:

www.up.co/communities/qatar/doha-qatar/startup-weekend/8322


Judging Criteria:

1. Validation:

a. Did the team get out and talk to customers?
b. Are they actually solving a problem?
c. What’s their clear value proposition to that customer?
d. Have they identified a specific target market?

2. Execution and Design:

a. Did they work well as a team?
b. Did they have an MVP or prototype (paper is ok) to present?
c. How functional was the demo?
d. Was the usability of the product easy and friendly? Design Matters!

3. Business Model:

a. Does their solution solve a core need/problem?
b. Did they present a value proposition
c. Is it unique?
d. How will they differentiate themselves from their competition (did they identify competition)?
e. What is the go-to-market/launch strategy?
f. How will they make money?
g. What is the user acquisition model?


Good luck!
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