Prize Categories and Judging Criteria

At the time of registration for the Lions Innovation Showcase, participants will select one of the categories below should they wish to compete for cash prizes for the best projects in each category. Participants of the Showcase are NOT required to take part in the competition. Participants can only be eligible to compete in one category of their choice; this selection is made during the registration process. During the Lions Innovation Showcase event, three judges will independently evaluate each project within each category based on the criteria outlined below. The participants with the top three projects will be awarded the following prizes: 1st place $500, 2nd place $300, 3rd place $200. In total, the Lions Innovation Showcase will be distributing $6,000 in cash prizes ($1,000 per category). We will also be distributing $3,000 in scholarship prizes ($500 per category).

General Product and Service Sales

This category includes the production/elaboration and sale of a unique/creative/innovative product or the sale and delivery of a unique/creative/innovative service. The product/service will meet a demand, create value and will be produced and/or delivered in a manner reflecting high quality.

The specific criteria for judging this category is as follows:

  1. The elaboration and/or delivery of the product/service reflects knowledge of the domain
  2. The product/service satisfies a demand/need in the market
  3. The product/service is novel/unique and/or the manner in which the product/service is delivered is novel/unique
  4. The business plan has the potential to be successful given current market conditions should the plan be executed
  5. The exhibition of the product/service during the showcase clearly depicts the product/service being offered, draws heightened attention from the public and strongly elicits the desired behavior (i.e., sales) from the target market

Business Plans

This category includes the conceptualization and presentation of unique/creative/innovative business plans that have the potential to fulfill a significant need in the market and are feasible to execute under reasonable market constraints.

On the day of the event, participants will present his/her plan before a panel of three judges. Each business plan presentation will last no more than 25 minutes and the minutes are to be allocated in the following manner: set-up (5 minutes); presentation (10 minutes); judges questions (10 minutes). Each activity will be timed.

Participants may use PowerPoint or other visual aids in their presentations. It is suggested that no more than 5 - 7 slides be used to help manage the presentation time.

Please contact Dr. Leslie Toombs if you have questions regarding the judging criteria or competition guidelines: leslie.toombs@tamuc.edu

You may download a copy of the score sheet that will be used for judging here: Business Plan Score Sheet

The specific criteria for judging this category is as follows:

  1. Problem/Opportunity
  2. Value Proposition
  3. Business Model
  4. Market Plan
  5. Competitor Analysis
  6. Management Team
  7. Broad Financial Projection/Key Measures
  8. Current Status
  9. Presentation Style

Technology-related Creativity/Innovation

This category includes the production/elaboration, conceptualization and presentation of unique/creative/innovative technology - related creativity/innovation that have the potential to fulfill a significant need in the market and are feasible to execute under reasonable market constraints.

The specific criteria for judging this category is as follows:

  1. The elaboration and/or delivery of the technology-related product reflects knowledge of the domain
  2. The technology-related product satisfies a demand/need in the market
  3. The technology-related product is novel/unique and/or the manner in which the product/service is delivered is novel/unique
  4. The technology-related product has the potential to be successful given current market conditions should the plan be executed
  5. The exhibition of the product/service during the showcase clearly depicts the technology-related product being offered, draws heightened attention from the public and strongly elicits the desired behavior (i.e., sales) from the target market

Culinary Creativity

This category includes the elaboration and sales of unique/creative/innovative culinary products.

The specific criteria for judging this category is as follows:

  1. The elaboration and/or delivery of the culinary product reflects knowledge of the domain
  2. The culinary product satisfies a demand/need in the market
  3. The culinary product is novel/unique and/or the manner in which the product/service is delivered is novel/unique
  4. The culinary product has the potential to be successful given current market conditions should the plan be executed
  5. The exhibition of the product/service during the showcase clearly depicts the culinary product being offered, draws heightened attention from the public and strongly elicits the desired behavior (i.e., sales) from the target market

Art Design/Creation

This category includes the development and presentation of unique/creative/innovative art design/creation.

The Art/Design category will be judged based on an exhibition and presentation of participants work. * Please see statement below about installation or performance art submissions.

On the day of the event, each participants will give a brief but formal artist talk about the work before a panel of judges. Each talk will last no more than 10 minutes and the minutes are to be allocated in the following manner: presentation (5 minutes); judges questions (5 minutes). Each activity will be timed.

Because of distractions in the shared exhibition space, artists talks will take place away from the exhibition. Therefore a representative photo, shot by an LIS volunteer at the exhibition, will be displayed for participants to reference during their talks. Criteria for judging the art/design category is as follows:

  1. The merit of the work in the exhibition
  2. The ability of the participant to articulate his or her intent in the work exhibited

* Installation or performance art may be entered in the form of high quality documentation and will be exhibited along with other works via participant's laptop or tablet device. For the artist talk portion one image should be selected by the participant and provided on a USB drive to be referenced during his or her presentation.

Artistic Performance

This category includes the development and presentation of unique/creative/ artistic performance (music, dance, theater, art, sport, etc.).

The specific criteria for judging this category is as follows:

  1. The elaboration and/or of the artistic performance reflects knowledge of the domain
  2. The artistic performance satisfies a demand/need in the audience/market
  3. The artistic performance is novel/unique and will be produced and/or delivered in a manner reflecting high quality
  4. The artistic performance has the potential to meet a demand and create value in the current market
  5. The exhibition of the artistic performance during the showcase clearly draws heightened attention from the public and strongly elicits the desired behavior (i.e. admiration ) from the target market