Start-up Competition

CLIC Startup Competition has been designed to give cultural and creative entrepreneurs a real-world experience to fine tune their business plans and elevator pitches to generate funding for successful commercialization of their product. A pool of judges will evaluate the teams soliciting start-ups funds from crowdfunding platforms, early stage investors and venture capital firms. Awards and prizes will include the chance to receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, businesses coaches and investors; opportunities to launch initiatives on a crowdfunding platform, networking with potential venture capitalists and other investors; high caliber of judges, all senior level investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders; opportunities to receive individual feedback during separate sessions.

The Startup Competition will be made of 4 rounds

1st round: Start-up competition preparation

(November 2019 – February 2020)

3rd round: A Selecting Committee composed by entrepreneurs

Up to 20 finalists will be selected by a Board of Evaluators composed by CLIC partners, business and startup experts. They will be invited to the 3 days events in Naples and will be admitted to the Pitch Competition.

2nd round: Start up competition

(date to be defined)

4th round: Pitch day and winners announcement

The 20 finalists will be trained by business and startup experts to implement their business idea and pitch elevator. They will present the pitch to a Board of Evaluators and investors. The 5 most voted projects will have access to a 4 months mentoring programme by business expert.

Judging Criteria Overview

The Selecting Committee will evaluate each idea based on the following criteria:

  • Content of the business plan, including thoroughness and quality of the analysis
  • Attractiveness of the business model
  • The ability to respond to the circular economy and sustainability model
  • Effective use of business information and research
  • Team quality and experience
  • Social / environmental impact of the business idea
  • Clear communication
  • Quality and effectiveness of final presentation