Each round of the International Business Model Competition is generally judged using the following questions:

* these criteria serve as tie breakers NOTE:Because web-based businesses are easier to test, these companies can often pivot faster. We tend to treat physical products, services, and web/software as slightly different categories in the judging, then pick the best of these categories to compete.

Judging Orientation

The  below video can be used by organizers of affiliated competitions to train their judges on the unique evaluation criteria and philosophy that exists within the International Business Model Competition.

The purposes of the video are to:

  1. inform judges about the differences between evaluating a business model competition as opposed to a traditional business plan competition;
  2. create solidarity and a common base of understanding amongst judges; and
  3. maintain consistency and fidelity in the evaluation process.