The Judging Process

Screening and Judging will take place in three rounds after the close of applications on March 1, 2017. The FLoW Judging and Awards Celebration will determine the Regional winners, and be hosted in Los Angeles, Spring 2017.

Round 1: Submissions March 1, 2017

This round will be judged online by experts including angel investors and VCs, technology specialists, university tech transfer personnel, corporate venture experts and utilities specialists, and leaders from the service industry. Each submission will be reviewed by three judges seeking entries demonstrating a defined technology platform and a strong business concept for building a sustainable business. Contestants will be evaluated, scored and ranked according to FLoW judging criteria: Refer to the Ready to Commercialize Judging Criteria Sheet and the Transformational Idea Award Criteria Sheet.


Round 2: Semi-finals, (SoCal and NorCal), date to be announced

Two semi-final rounds will be held at a university in SoCal and NorCal where California and out of state teams will compete. Teams can either attend in person or participate through Google Hangout or Skype. Panels of judges comprised of Angel investors, VCs and representatives of utilities and corporate venture funds will assess the business proposition, team quality and ability to "sell" the concept through the presentation. The format includes detailed feedback from the judges and should your team elect to attend in person, there will be opportunities to network with the judges and with other teams.

Round 3: The Regional Finals and Awards, Spring 2017

Each of the teams will present their business plan in a formal session before Judging Panels consisting of the same profile as Round 2, and tasked with determining the first, second and third place winners. This will be followed by an evening event, including invited members of the business community celebrating all who competed.