Judging Criteria

Live presentations will take place in two rounds. Prior to the first round of presentations, semi-finalist teams will meet with leading business mentors to fine-tune and review their presentations. The first round of live presentations will then commence, with semi-finalist teams presenting in front of a panel of highly experienced and qualified business experts. Each team will be assessed based on the Judging Criteria. After this round of presentations, all semi-finalist judges will convene to determine the top 5 teams that will move to the finalist round. Also at this time, winners of the WEtech Local Technology Award and the Postmedia People’s Choice Award will be determined. The finalist teams will have the opportunity to meet with their mentors again before the final presentations. The final presentations will take place in front of a new panel of judges where the winner of the RBC EPIC BMCC will be determined.

All live presentations will be a maximum of 10 minutes in length, with 5 minutes of questions from the judging panel. Please see the Resources page for examples of exceptional live presentations, information about the lean startup method and tools for utilizing the business model canvas.

Each of the following criteria will be scored on a scale from 1 – 5, with 1 being poor explained and 5 being exceptional. Judging will not be biased based on the type of business and their inherent pivoting time frame. For example, web-based businesses are able to pivot inherently more quickly than physical product-based businesses.

  1. Did the team clearly state their initial hypotheses and how they were developed?
  2. Is the customer problem a ‘significant’ problem and was ‘significant’ defined?
  3. Did the team identify which initial hypotheses are most crucial for their business success and should be tested first?
  4. Did the team create fast, low cost, and effective methods for testing their hypotheses?
  5. Did the team use the testing methods they developed in a reliable and effective manner?
  6. Did the team develop conclusions from the results of their testing and did they clearly state whether their hypotheses were validated or invalidated?
  7. Did the team pivot based on supporting evidence from their testing?
  8. Did the team develop a minimum viable product, as opposed to immediately creating a full product, which addressed their hypotheses for further testing?
  9. Did the team use a business model canvas to record their progress?
  10. Did the team provide evidence that their business model/solution to a customer problem was validated?
  11. Did the team incorporate constructive feedback from mentors?


<p align="center">Colin Matthews<br>Walk-In Express</p>

Colin Matthews
Walk-In Express

<p align="center">Colin McKillop<br>WECAN Angel Network</p>

Colin McKillop
WECAN Angel Network

<p align="center">Diane Reko<br>Reko Tool</p>

Diane Reko
Reko Tool

<p align="center">Duane Acorn<br>Postmedia</p>

Duane Acorn

<p align="center">Ed Leach<br>Dalhousie University</p>

Ed Leach
Dalhousie University

<p align="center">Frank Abbruzzese<br>Alphakor</p>

Frank Abbruzzese

<p align="center">Heather Pratt<br>University of Windsor</p>

Heather Pratt
University of Windsor

<p align="center">Jason Smith<br>RBC Dominion Securities</p>

Jason Smith
RBC Dominion Securities

<p align="center">Keith Henry<br>Windsor Mold Group</p>

Keith Henry
Windsor Mold Group

<p align="center">Marc Levesque<br>Centerline</p>

Marc Levesque

<p align="center">Marty Beneteau<br>University of Windsor</p>

Marty Beneteau
University of Windsor

<p align="center">Mary Kilfoil<br>Dalhousie University</p>

Mary Kilfoil
Dalhousie University

<p align="center">Roy Verstraete<br>Anchor</p>

Roy Verstraete

<p align="center">Sandra Vasquez<br>RBC</p>

Sandra Vasquez

<p align="center">Shelley Fellows<br>Radix</p>

Shelley Fellows


<p align="center">Aaron Mailloux<br>Capital Assist</p>

Aaron Mailloux
Capital Assist

<p align="center">Adam Frye<br>WEtech Alliance</p>

Adam Frye
WEtech Alliance

<p align="center">Celso Oliveira<br>BDC</p>

Celso Oliveira

<p align="center">Greg Drouillard<br>Target Building Materials</p>

Greg Drouillard
Target Building Materials

<p align="center">Hongwei Xu<br>University of Windsor</p>

Hongwei Xu
University of Windsor

<p align="center">Janis Windsor<br>Consultant</p>

Janis Windsor

<p align="center">Jason Grech<br>KPMG</p>

Jason Grech

<p align="center">Lee Haldeman<br>Haldeman and Associates</p>

Lee Haldeman
Haldeman and Associates

<p align="center">Matthew Johnson<br>City of Windsor</p>

Matthew Johnson
City of Windsor

<p align="center">Maureen Lucas<br>LucasWorks</p>

Maureen Lucas

<p align="center">Myrtle Donnipad<br>Small Business Centre</p>

Myrtle Donnipad
Small Business Centre

<p align="center">Peter Wares<br>DevMark Consulting</p>

Peter Wares
DevMark Consulting

<p align="center">Rob Whent<br>National Research Council</p>

Rob Whent
National Research Council

<p align="center">Terra Cadeau<br>Hôtel-Dieu Grace</p>

Terra Cadeau
Hôtel-Dieu Grace