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How it Works

1. For round 1, each team will submit a pitch deck with a maximum of 15 slides along with answers to 2 short concept questions.

2. The top 20 teams will then advance to round 2 where they will submit either a 300-700 word business plan or a 5-minute video as well as a pitch deck with a maximum of 15 slides.

3. Each pitch is judged by a panel of professional entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists based on the criteria listed below.

Round 1 Submissions

Submit by May 3rd at 11:59 PM in teams of up to 4 individuals!

How to Submit:

 To compete, submit a pitch deck with a maximum of 15 slides along answers to 2 short concept questions

Round 2 Submissions

Submit by May 16th at 11:59 PM!

How to Submit:

 Congratulations to the 20 teams that advanced to round 2! submit either a 300-700 word business plan or a 5-minute video as well as a pitch deck with a maximum of 15 slides

Round 2 Rubric

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The Winners
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1st Place

The PolyMask team, from Markham, Ontario in Canada created a foldable, aerosolization-proof ventilation mask designed to provide NIV treatment to COVID-19


2nd Place

The HealEra team, from Mumbai, Maharashtra in India created a faucet extension that turns your ordinary taps smart and helps to conserve water and protect from disease

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3rd Place

The Munch team, from Brea, California in the United States created an app that assists local eateries while providing customers with a platform to find new restaurants around them


$750 in prize money

1st Place:

Mentorship session from an IBM Executive Partner

Top 3:

Fast track to the semifinalist round in The Accelerator Challenge where you can compete for $15,000

Receive help filing a patent

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Danielle Strachman

Danielle is a cofounder and general partner of the 1517 fund. During the founding of the Thiel Fellowship, Danielle joined to lead the design and operations. She's worked with some of the world's most prestigious founders like Vitalik Buterin and Ritesh Agarwal. Previous to her work with Peter Thiel, Danielle founded and directed Innovations Academy in San Diego, a K-8 charter school serving 400 students.

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Maria Dincel

Global strategy and brand stewardship of the $30.7B Cisco brand across sports, entertainment and Olympic sponsorship platforms. Powered top Live Nation artists global tours such as One Republic, U2 and Justin Timberlake. Oversaw management of Cisco’s decade-long relationship with the NBA and USA Basketball as an Official Technology Partner. Currently Head of Global Customer Conferences at Juniper Networks.

Meet the Judges

What do I do if I want to submit but don't know where to start or have further questions?

Our team will be more than happy to advise you and help you get started or answer any questions you may have. Just email us at with your questions! 


Will we get feedback on our pitches?

Our team will try our absolute best to provide feedback for each pitch, however in the case that there are a large number of submissions, we may not be able to.

What happens if my team makes it past round 1?

        If your team advances past round 1, you will receive an email with more information regarding how round 2

        will work. It will be completely online and will consist of a business plan writeup.


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