Renascentia Hall LLC
The Diamond Challenge has established a new partnership with Renascentia Hall LLC in Nanjing, China for the Diamond Challenge 2018. Each year, more schools and students participate, and we are hoping 2018 will yield the highest amount of participants yet with the new addition of Renascentia Hall LLC.
Renascentia Hall International is devoted to offering educational opportunities that foster increased global awareness, understanding, and respect. What we do:
• Design, develop, implement and improve international programs that integrate with partner schools’ culture and vision
• Assist partner schools with international student recruitment, enrollment and retention
• Provide housing solutions and health insurance for international students
• Organize cultural, social and educational events and activities that enrich international students’ experiences in the United States
• Facilitate communication between partner schools, international students, parents and host families
BUSINESS CONCEPT LIVE
SOCIAL INNOVATION LIVE
IN NANJING, CHINA
Live Pitching Event Date
Live National Pitch Event
Jinfeng Mansion, room1507
19 Zhongyang Road, Nanjing Gulou district
Jiangsu province/ China 210000
2018, 2:00 – 4:30pm
2018, 4:30 – 5:00pm
2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Awards Banquet and Ceremony
Top Prize Awards
A package worth over $11,000 in prizes, including semifinalist award and any travel support awarded
A package worth over $7,000 in prizes, including semifinalist award and any travel support awarded
A package worth over $3,500 in prizes, including semifinalist award and any travel support awarded
Rules and Judging Criteria
Student and Team Requirements
- Teams must be comprised of 2-4 high school students typically between the ages 14-18 (9th – 12th grade/form).
- Teams require one teacher or other adult advisor (18 years of age or older) who is in a position to provide the opportunity to participate and is broadly available for support. You may have more than one team advisor, however, only two hotel rooms will be reserved for the team (which includes the team advisor(s)) if they are traveling to the University of Delaware for The Summit.
- All members of a team must be actively enrolled for the duration of the Diamond Challenge and in good academic standing at their school.
- A student is eligible to submit one concept with a team per competition season.
- Team members do NOT need to be from the same school or location in order to participate.
- Only concepts that have been conceived by the members of the team may be submitted to the Diamond Challenge. If a submitted concept has also been conceived by members not participating in the Diamond Challenge, their full legal names must be disclosed upon registration so as to avoid conflicts of interest among early-stage concepts.
- Businesses and social enterprises must not have generated more than $100,000 in total revenue prior to the submission deadline for the written concept, pitch deck, and pitch video.
- All information submitted through the Diamond Challenge registration portal must be submitted in English.
- Each team member and advisor email address submitted through the Diamond Challenge registration portal must be a different email address. The submission will not render correctly unless all individuals have a unique and different email address.
- Business concept and social innovation written concept submissions are strictly limited to 5 pages, not including a cover page. If a submission exceeds this limit, only its first 5 pages will be evaluated. Submissions must maintain 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins and use 12-point font. All written concepts must be formatted as a csv, doc, docx, or pdf file.
- Pitch decks must be no more than 15 slides in length, with a recommendation of 10 slides. All pitch decks must be formatted as a pdf, ppt, or pptx file.
- To eliminate the potential for judging bias, teams will be assigned a submission number, which should be listed on the cover page for the written submission and the first slide of the pitch deck presentation. Participants must avoid listing or disclosing the names of the schools they represent on their written submissions and during their presentations unless the school constitutes it as a critical element of their concept. Questions about whether the school constitutes disclosing the school name as a critical element of the concept should be directed to [email protected] prior to submission. Failure to abide by this non-disclosure rule will result in a deduction from the team’s score.
Competing Virtually: Video Rules
- Recorded video pitches are strictly limited to 5 minutes of recorded video. Teams are free to use their creativity as they see fit to best portray their concept, which includes presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote), as well as display boards, prototypes, images, sounds, motion graphics, etc. All video pitches must be formatted as an mov, mp4, or mpg file.
- The recorded video must be a recording of team members pitching their concept.
- Teams are free to decide which members present.
- All team members must be visible from at least the waist up in the recorded video.
- Teams should consider making sure the pitch deck slides are visible in the video pitch recording. This task can be accomplished through a screen share or other technical means.
Competing Live: Pitch Rules
- Pitches are strictly limited to 5 minutes. Teams are free to use their creativity as they see fit to best portray their concept, which includes presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote), as well as display boards, prototypes, images, sounds, motion graphics, etc.
- Teams are free to decide which members present.
- Responses to the judges question(s) will be strictly limited to 3 minutes.
- Disclaimer: If you are invited to pitch live, and if you choose to use video/audio in your live pitch, not every pitch site will have the ability to project sound. Not all aspects of your presentation may be available to viewers as a result.
Judging Criteria: Business Concept
Semi-finalists will be determined by averaging judges’ scores and equally weighting these criteria. Finalists will be determined by adding the feasibility, growth potential, and “wow factor” scores, thereby giving equal weighting to each of these factors.
Feasibility refers to “the degree to which the concept can actually work as well as the team’s ability to execute the concept and establish a defensible position in the targeted market(s).” Several issues can be expected to influence feasibility ratings, including:
- To what extent are the customer segment(s) and their problem(s) identified and validated?
- To what extent does the team’s proposed solution appear to solve the problem and deliver superior value in comparison to existing alternatives?
- To what extent are the sales process and other business model components specified, validated and financially viable?
- To what extent does the team possess the skills and resources needed to execute the model or appear likely to succeed in securing necessary talent and resources?
Growth potential refers to “the likely ease with which the business can be scaled and the ultimate size (in terms of revenue and profitability) that the business may attain.” Several issues can be expected to influence growth potential ratings, including:
- How large is the served available market?
- What share of the available market may ultimately be served by the business?
- To what extent does the business possess an unfair advantage that will enable it to defend its position against emerging competition?
- To what extent can the business model be quickly and efficiently scaled?
- Awarded for creativity, ingenuity, persistence, passion, storytelling and any other intangibles that are deemed likely to influence the feasibility and growth potential of the business
Judging Criteria: Social Innovation
Semi-finalists will be determined by averaging judges’ scores and equally weighting these criteria. Finalists will be determined by adding the social impact, feasibility, and sustainability scores, thereby giving equal weighting to each of these factors.
Feasibility & Sustainability
Feasibility refers to “the degree to which the concept can actually work as well as the team’s ability to execute the concept and establish a defensible position in the targeted market(s).”
Sustainability refers to “the extent to which the venture’s revenues can be expected to be sufficient to maintain or expand operations and continue to deliver positive social impact for the foreseeable future.” Several issues can be expected to influence feasibility & sustainability ratings, including:
- To what extent does the team demonstrate a rich understanding of the problem(s), and that it is informed by direct engagement with beneficiaries, payers/customers and others?
- To what extent does the team’s proposed solution appear to solve the problem and deliver superior value (to beneficiaries and payers/customers) in comparison to existing alternatives?
- To what extent are other business/social impact model components, especially the beneficiary engagement and selling process, specified, validated and financially viable?
- To what extent does the team possess the skills and resources needed to execute their business/social impact model or appear likely to succeed in securing necessary talent and resources?
Social impact refers to “the extent to which an organization’s actions have a positive effect on beneficiaries and the surrounding community or environment.” Several issues can be expected to influence social impact scores, including:
- How many people and communities are affected by the problem(s) and how severe are the adverse impacts? (i.e. How big is the “market” of beneficiaries, payers/customers and how bad is the problem if not solved?)
- How many people and communities may ultimately be served by the social innovation and how much will they benefit?
- Does the social innovation deliver unique, meaningful benefits – both immediate and longer-term – to people and communities in a way that cannot be easily copied?
- To what extent is the solution scalable and cost effective?
- Awarded for creativity, ingenuity, persistence, passion, storytelling and any other intangibles that are deemed likely to influence the feasibility and potential of the social innovation.
- The Diamond Challenge includes open session presentations and external review of business concept and social innovation submissions. Participation is voluntary, and as such, participants are responsible for determining whether to disclose proprietary or sensitive information in their submissions and presentations. The University of Delaware and all other partnering organizations assume no liability for accidental or voluntary disclosures of proprietary information or intellectual property.
- Incomplete submissions and/or submissions that do not adhere to Diamond Challenge rules, judging criteria, and terms and conditions will not be judged or considered.
- Not all students are guaranteed to pitch live or qualify for succeeding rounds beyond the submission round.
- If invited to a succeeding round, you are not guaranteed the pitch site location you select. There may be times where invited participants are asked to pitch at another nearby location.
- If you are invited to pitch live in the preliminary round, semifinal round, or final round, and if you choose to use video/audio in your live pitch, not every venue will have the ability to project sound. Not all aspects of your presentation may be available to viewers as a result.
- The Leadership Team for the Diamond Challenge shall be the arbiter of all rules and rule clarifications. The team reserves the right to disqualify any participants who violate these rules or the spirit of the competition. Rule questions and inquiries should be submitted to [email protected]
Director of Business Accelerators and Entrepreneurship, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Entrepreneurial-minded manager with over 15 years of retail experience, specialize in small & medium size business, entrepreneurial Ventures, and retail.
Marketing Analytics Senior Manager, Chase Card Services, Wilmington, DE
Has card services experience more than 10 years. Worked in China, Singapore and U.S. Good at finance analysis, customer service and business operation.
Global Treasurer and Director of Corporate Development, Sabert Corporation Sayreville, NJ
Specializes in finance management and mergers & acquisitions of companies.
President and CEO, Renascentia Hall International
More than 25 years’ international research and teaching experience in Singapore, Europe and the United States. Jerry founded Renascentia Hall International in 2008 to meet the demand for a more open and efficient system to match schools and students and to promote the fusion of eastern and western education philosophies. Jerry has a Ph.D. in engineering and enjoys playing basketball and tennis.
Associate Professor, Associate Editor, Executive Editor, Marketing and Electronic Business Department, Nanjing University Business School, Electronic Commerce Research, Journal of Global Information Management, NJU Business Review
Has rich researching and teaching experience at University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore (NUS), University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology. Attended the global colloquium on participant-centered learning and case writing workshop in Harvard Business School. Researches focus on social network effects in e-commerce, mobile application design and HCI, spontaneous virtual team, free trial software and online product trial, among others.
CEO, Airline Education Group
The first prize winner of U.S. 2010 Rice University Entrepreneurship Speech and the guest speaker of Silicon Valley Launch Festival. Successfully raised funding from a large listed company in China and now has over 20 branches in Jiangsu province, Zhejiang province and Shanghai. An export in Chinese market, business Culture, customers, and building connections. Specializes in marketing, management, consulting, fund raising.