Remote Competition Page

The Complete Guide to the VIRTUAL 2020 JHU Business Plan Competition

The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has called upon Johns Hopkins to take a series of unprecedented steps to safeguard our community, including suspending classes through the spring 2020 semester and all in-person events until further notice. However, the JHU Business Plan Competition staff has developed a plan that enables us to offer the competition completely online. We hope to see you on competition day!

Virtual Competition Guidelines


Round 1 – Three-Minute Video Pitch

In Round 1, competing teams must record a three-minute video pitch and upload their video to YouTube. By Wednesday, April 15 at 11:59 p.m., each team must submit their uploaded video by providing the URL using this form.

Only videos that meet the following criteria will be deemed eligible:

  • Video length: 3 minutes maximum
  • Content: team member(s) present directly to camera as if speaking to an audience with the intent to replicate the in-person pitches as closely as possible.
  • No animations, video clips, or other graphics
  • Presenters may use ONE of the following:
    • 1 page Word document
    • 1 page PDF
    • 1 PowerPoint slide
    • 1 still image/photo
  • In addition to the above visual aids, teams may display their prototype
  • When uploading videos to YouTube, teams must make the video “public” or “unlisted”
  • Teams are highly encouraged to use Zoom, iMovie, Adobe Rush, or other free video software. Please keep in mind that judges will be reviewing the content and substance of your videos, not their production quality.

Submit your team’s Round 1 video pitch below.

Judges will asynchronously review and evaluate videos on Friday, April 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Teams will be notified by 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17 whether they will move onto the Final Round.

Final Round – Live Zoom Presentations

In Final Round presentations, teams will deliver live pitches to a small panel of judges using the platform Zoom.

Presentations must follow the following guidelines:

  • Teams will be notified whether they will be moving onto the Final Round via email by 12:30 p.m. on April 17. At that time, they will receive an invitation to their category’s Zoom room and their presentation time slot.
  • Teams must be on time for their time slot, or they will not be allowed to present.
  • Each team must select 1-2 representatives to present during their team’s allotted presentation time. Additional team members are welcome to enter the Zoom room to observe their team’s presentation and to answer questions during the judge Q&A.
  • Teams will have exactly 8 minutes to deliver their presentation. Zoom room hosts will keep presenters on a tight timeline.
  • Teams are responsible for sharing their screens and presenting their slide deck to their category’s Zoom room.
  • Judges will have 7 minutes to ask questions to each team.
  • All team members present may respond to judge questions.
  • 5 minutes of setup time will be given to each team.

Judges will deliberate at the conclusion of Final Round presentations and determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category.