JUDGES & MENTORS


The Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition recruits alumni, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs to serve as judges and mentors in order to simulate the real-world process of soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors.

Mentors provide remote feedback during the first stage of the competition in one of several categories using the business plan evaluation platform LivePlan. This year, we aim to make the mentorship periods more beneficial and flexible by allowing mentors to choose how they communicate with their teams. Round 1 mentorship will take place March 1-12, 2021. Round 2 mentorship will take place between March 31-April 11, 2021. To apply to become a judge, please visit our Mentorship page.

Judges have the opportunity to evaluate pitches, select winners, and network with participants on the day of the competition, April 23, 2021.

Interested individuals can serve as a mentor, a judge, or both.

Want more information about the criteria judges use to evaluate business plans? Visit our Judge Criteria page for details.

We answer the most-asked questions about judging and mentoring on our FAQ page.