S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards have been announced to facilitate the Entrepreneurs who has established the Start up with an innovative idea and made it a successful yet unique venture. This award is to recognize the courageous people who have taken risk to set up their business.
a. A coveted "Winner" or "Top Start-up" (Finalist) recognition from Society for Data Science, a global non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship.
b. Opportunity to pitch to an audience of VCs, angel investors, senior tech enterprise execs, investment bankers, domain experts, bloggers and media.
c. Presentation is in a dedicated S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards room at the conference. This could open-up a multitude of opportunities.
d. Access to the S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards Media Lounge and Tech Press to pitch your story.
e. Prioritized access to multiple programs and an opportunity to connect with VCs, Angels, industry experts and serial entrepreneurs.
f. Opportunity to connect with prospective domain experts for advisory, Board, or mentoring engagement based on mutual willingness.
g. General Judging Process: This select list is further subjected to a higher level of diligence and screening by the expert panel of judges who are Serial Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, CEOs, and well-rounded Technology Experts. Upon final submission, the scores will be locked-in and validated. The short-listed companies are announced as " 2018 S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards Finalists".
h. Confidentiality: Judges' identities, their affiliations, company representations, scoring patterns, and all information related to their participation in the S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards selection process will be held confidential. Judges will work independently and will not know the scores or identities of the other judges. Judges are selected only by invitation and are subject to S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards strict confidentiality and disclosure guidelines.
i. Validation: Judging process is monitored for time expended and scoring consistencies. Final scores are further validated to eliminate extreme scoring patterns. All qualified judge scores are consolidated for all three parameters and weighted.
j. Top Start-up Announcements: Upon successful screening, a list of "2018 S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards Top Start-ups" will be announced. These companies are chosen based on their mix of attributes that demonstrate the highest probability of success. "2018 S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards Top Start-up" list is announced on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 at 4:00 PM. This select group goes through another last round of judging.
k. S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards Live Presentation: S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards Top Startups are required to attend S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards and present to a global audience on 20 January 2019. Presentations will be held in separate rooms with a capacity of about 50 attendees. The S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards presentations will be livestreamed and viewed by thousands online worldwide. On-site attendees will include by many distinguished top-tier venture capitalists, renowned technology angel investors, industry experts, consultants, researchers, bloggers, and publishers. To be slotted for stage time, companies are required to register for the conference and show proof of travel. Travel and stay for participation will not be compensated and is at your own expense.
l. Winner Announcements: The very best of the best "2018 S4DS Start-up Entrepreneurship awards Winners" are announced at ICDMAI 2018 on 21 January 2018 in the presence of a live audience.