What to Expect During the Virtual Campus StartUp Competition Process
Build a team
Are you ready to work on one of the most pressing issues of our time? Great. Then grab a few friends or classmates who are equally committed to this challenge and start creating!
LookUp.live only accepts StartUp Grant Applications for our Virtual Campus during the open application window. Support materials (e.g. 2-minute pitch videos, mock-ups, storyboards, designs, scripts) are encouraged but not required to be submitted with your application.
Review and Select
An informed group of judges will review and evaluate all proposals using the following criteria:
Responsiveness: How well your idea addressed digital addiction and tech/life balance. And don’t worry - we don’t expect unicorns or silver bullets.
Unique Approach - They’ll also be looking to see how unique your solution is in the space. We strongly prefer that to be the case. If not, how is your solution a dramatic improvement over existing solutions that are similar?
Execution Plan – Have you demonstrated that you have taken the time to think through how your idea can be executed and the resources you will need to succeed.
Team: How passionate is your team about solving the problem and have you identified the skills needed for your idea to succeed.
Based on the judges' scoring matrix, the top ten (10) applicants from the applicant pool will be invited and required to give a 20-minute presentation via Zoom to a panel of LookUp.live judges.
Celebrate and Begin
If your idea is selected, the winning applicant will embark on a six-month journey as a LookUp.live Innovator. You will be introduced to and supported by your peer grant winners, our friends and partners, global innovators, and change agents. Together we are creating a social movement that inspires youth to reverse the negative effects of digital overload and embraces the joy of simply being human.
LookUp firmly believes in the power of collaboration, which is why our winning teams are invited to participate in the LookUp.live Collaboration Summit, each year. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Collaborative Summit was held virtually as the Innovators Showcase. We are hopeful to host the 2021 Summit in person. As a new member of the LookUp.live community, this is a fantastic opportunity to bond with your peer grant winners, mentors, entrepreneurs, social innovators, and industry leaders.
Our innovative grant winners are a vital part of LookUp’s global community and automatically become members of the LookUp incubator. During your project’s incubation period, additional resources will be available to help bring winning project ideas forward towards MVP status or beyond.
Being part of the LookUp Incubator does not preclude participation and or development of winning concepts in your school’s entrepreneurial or design programs as well. In fact, we encourage it!