Competition Rules

Rules – General

  • This is a competitive process for identifying ‘innovation solutions,’ primarily aimed at entrepreneurial skills development for the participants
  • The contest is open to teams including at least one current or recent student from East African university or higher learning institution
  • The competition is divided into two phases and a final judging event to choose winners
  • The judges’ decision is final
  • Feedback on all finalists’ pitches will be provided by the judges

Rules – Phase one

  • A common review process applies to all entries
  • Applications are forwarded to the assessors after the closing date of the competition
  • Each application is reviewed against the same set of assessment criteria
  • Following scoring, short-listed candidates will be notified to schedule a phone or Skype interview with CDI representatives. Following interviews, a review panel will make a final assessment of the top scoring applications to choose the finalists to invite to the training and development phase.
  • All other applicants will be informed by email they have not been successful with their application
  • All panel documents and ranking sheets are confidential and will not be shared following the assessment process

Rules – Phase two

  • Phase two of the competition involves working closely with the Cambridge Development Initiative to refine your idea into a full business plan
  • All members of the finalist teams must attend the training in Dar es Salaam. If all team members cannot attend the full training phase, an alternative team may be awarded their place in the competition.

Rules – Competition Finals

    • A final pitching session will be held in the week of 24 August 2015 in Dar es Salaam to choose the competition winners.
    • All team members must be present in Dar es Salaam to pitch to the panel of judges at the final session.
    • In case a member of the judging panel should for whatever reason not be able to attend the finals, Smart Villages will appoint another judge in their place to select the winners
    • Winners will receive 90% of prize capital within six weeks of the final pitching event. The remaining 10% will be due on the one year anniversary of the final pitching event, pending submission of a report on how their efforts over the past year developed.

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