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The Business of Humanity Project (Case Competition) - Application Start Date
Start Date: 9/5/2017Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 9/5/2017End Time: 5:00 PM
Event Description:

The Business of Humanity® Project (BoH) was developed through a collaboration between the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. In partnership with Edinboro University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University and Slippery Rock University, we will be hosting the first Business of Humanity® Project New Venture Competition on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. The competition will take place at the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Application Submission

1) Applications can be submitted through our online form beginning at 9:00am (EST) on Tuesday, September 5th. The deadline for submissions will be Saturday, October 7th at 9:00am (EST).

2) The competition will consist of a preliminary and a final round. In the preliminary round of competition, teams will be required to submit a 5-minute video presentation and a 1,200-word proposal.
The proposal should include the following:

I. Description of Product/Service: Describe the customer value proposition for your product or service. What need or value does it provide for its buyers?

II. Potential Demand for Product/Service: Why is there demand for this product or service in view of one or more of the following questions: What problem does it solve? What gap in the marketplace does it fill? What external environmental trend (political, economic, sociocultural, technology, legal or ecologic) might it address?

III. Target Market: Who or what group is your target market? What are the demographics of this market in terms of size and growth rate?

IV. Elements of Humaneness: How does your venture incorporate elements of ‘humaneness’ into its business model?

V. Business Model: What is the revenue model for generating sales and profits for your new venture?

VI. References

3) Finalists will be announced at 12:00pm on Monday, October 16th. In the final round, teams will be asked to prepare a 15-minute presentation, which will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A session by the panel of judges. Finalists will be able to submit additional supplemental material prior to the day of the competition.

4) Finalists will need to be present at the Swanson School of Engineering on Friday, November 3rd; therefore, if a team is traveling more than 2-hours to the University of Pittsburgh, we will provide hotel accommodations for 1-night. It may also be possible to provide travel stipends.

Competition Schedule Additional details regarding the competition schedule will be posted on www.boh.pitt.edu, but the day of the competition will consist of approximately three-hours of presentations from the finalists in the morning, a 1-hour break for lunch, and then an announcement of the winners in the afternoon. A reception will immediately follow the awards presentation.


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