• There is no fee for entry.

  • Submissions may be entered by individuals or teams.

  • Each team may only submit one idea or innovative solution.

  • Each team must be registered Gallaudet students; if you are submitting as an individual, you must be a currently registered Gallaudet student.

  • Currently registered Gallaudet students include all full-time and part-time undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral candidates.

  • Gallaudet students must submit their email address at submission time.

  • It is recommended that the mentoring sessions must be attended by at least one Gallaudet student on each team.

  • A single individual cannot be the sole qualifying student for two teams.

  • Entries must be the original work of entrants.

  • Teams must not have accepted any institutional funding for the idea being presented (i.e. the team cannot have sold equity to anyone outside the team – including non-managing founders).

  • Non-institutional funding includes contests, grants, friends and family, bank loans, etc. where there is no equity ownership associated with the funding.

  • The GIEI/Convo Review Team will deliberate on the eligibility and communicate the decision to the team. The decision of the GIEI/Convo Review Team on the eligibility of the entrant is final and cannot be appealed.

  • The individual recipients of prize money will be responsible for the tax implications of their winnings.


There will be a total of five judges per round. Scoring rubrics will be the same for both rounds. Pitches will be scored on the following content.

  • What Is the Problem (Challenge Statement)

  • What is Your Solution (Value Proposition)

  • Who Are Your Targeted Customers (Market Segment)

  • Who Is Your Competition (Market Research)

  • How Will You Make Money (Projected Revenue)

  • What You Will Use the Money For (Projected Expenses)

  • What Is Your Marketing Strategy (Communications Plan)

  • Plans for Growth/Expansion (Scalability)

  • Why You/Your Team?

Judges will also score on professionalism, confidence, use of time, and clarity!