Startup Weekend NWA Presentation Order / Judging Criteria


People are going to be surprised by what Northwest Arkansas shows off tonight.

Presentations will start at 5pm at The Iceberg.

Get ready!!!

Here are the teams that will be pitching this evening:

1. DataVis

2. ChildLove

3. PassionPull

4. Space Guru

5. Wise Earn

6. Nerdies

7. FastTask

8. Techne

9. Talentt

10. One Fifty

11. Exposure

12. Fitology

13. Twisdom


Judging Criteria:

Business Model – Can this idea make money? Is there positive customer growth or revenue? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic? Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution? Would you invest in this company at this point?

Customer Validation – Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What channels of communication are used? Product/Market fit?

Technical – Execution – Is there a functional product ( the case of an app, did they build one)? Were architecture diagrams and API signatures included? Which services did they integrate with? How much of the product is running on a real server with non-sample data?

Design – Execution –  Does it have a professional look and feel? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable? What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?


Who the judges are:

We’re extremely fortunate to have five extremely knowledgeable, talented, and experienced judges for today’s presentations:

Clete Brewer – CEO, BlueInGreen

Karridy Askenasy – Global Digital Marketing Innovation, Mary Kay

Rick West – CEO/Founder, Field Agent

Brent Cryder – CTO, Dillards

Permjot Valia – Chairman and Lead Private Investor,

Full biographies here.



Thanks to our amazing sponsors, we are able to offer more than $10,000 worth of prizes, in both physical prizes and in-kind support to grow the winning companies. Click here for a full list of the prizes!