Before reading the FAQ, we highly recommend reviewing the Rules & Eligibility where many important points will be highlighted.

General Info

How much does it cost to enter the competition?
It’s free to enter the competition. However, Finalists are required to register for and attend the 2018 SASE National Conference, which is where the Final Round where will be held.

How do we enter?
Complete the Preliminary Registration Application by May 27th, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.

What are the important dates I should pay attention to?
Please refer to the Timeline for detailed information on the dates and deadlines for the competition.

Do the winners receive any prices?
Yes, please refer to the Rules & Eligibility for details about the prizes.

When and where will the Final Round take place?
If selected as a finalist, you will need to be present in the Final Round. The Final Round will take place at the 2018 SASE National Conference on October 5th in Illinois.

 

Eligibility

Who can participate in SASEtank?
SASEtank is open, but not limited, to everyone within the SASE community, both students and working professionals. Please refer to the Rules & Eligibility for more details.

Can we submit an application with an active business plan?
Yes, you may submit an application with an active business plan if you are currently the owner or contributor to the project.

Can I team up with other individuals?
Yes, you may register as an individual or as a team.

Can a teammate drop during the competition?
Yes, however you must notify us of any changes made to the team during the competition, including the reasons why.

Can someone join the team during the competition?
Yes, however you must notify us of any changes made to the team during the competition, including the reasons why.

Can I submit my idea first and then find my teammate(s) later? 
Yes, however you must notify us of any changes made to the team during the competition, including the reasons why.

Do I have to be in college to be eligible to enter?
No, SASEtank is open, but not limited, to everyone within the SASE community, both students and working professionals..

 

Application Material

How many applications can I send in?
Only one (1) application will be accepted per idea/team.

May I keep updating my team’s application before the deadline?
Yes, you may edit your application again after submitting if it's before the deadline. After submitting your application, you will be provided a linke at the end of the form to edit your submission if desired.

What are the requirements for the business case and video pitches?
The requirements will be listed in the submission form for each round. For the First Round, please refere to the Preliminary Round Application.

What do you mean by a “working prototype”?
A working prototype is a device, piece of software, or service that is able to function what it was set out to do. The prototype should serve as a visual and functional demonstration of your vision. It should simulate and provide users with the look and feel of your ideal final product.

Where do I submit my video?
Please refer to the submission requirements listed in the application for each round.

 

Application Process

When are the deadlines for each round?
Please refer to the Timeline for detailed information on the dates and deadlines for the competition.

May I submit any additional materials after the application deadline?
No.

When will the semifinalists be announced?
Please refer to the Timeline for detailed information on the dates and deadlines for the competition.

 

Competition

Do I have to attend the National Conference?
You are only required to attend the National Conference if you are selected as the Finalist.  However, we encourage all members to attend, as you can obtain experience that goes well beyond just the competition. National Conference will provide opportunities for you to attend unique and valuable workshops, participate in community service, and network with other entrepreneurs.

What do I bring on the day of the Final Round?
Bring any items that you want to include in your presentation. We will have your presentation slides (if any) set up for you. If you have specific needs, please reach out to us at least two (2) weeks prior so that we may provide accomodations. More details will be provided to Finalists.

Does the whole team have to participate at National Conference?
If your team is selected as a Finalist, ideally everyone on the team will present during the Final Round at National Conference. However, we understand this may not be possible. A minimum of one (1) person for each idea is required to represent at the Final Round.

What is the People’s Choice Award?
The People’s Choice Award is the award for the idea that generated the most interest during the Final Round. The audience will vote for their favorite, and the innovation with the most votes will receive the award.

If there is a tie during the Final Round, how will it be broken?
Scores will be based on the judges’ feedback. However, if two (2) or more teams are tied, the team that receives a greater popularity audience vote will receive the higher standing.

What should we expect after the competition?
After each round, each innovation will receive constructive feedback provided by our virtual judges. At the Final Round, Finalists will be introduced to our live judges. If you would like to connect with a judge, it is the individual/team’s responsibility to take the next step. Checks for the winners will be mailed shortly after National Conference. Media footage will be uploaded within several weeks after National Conference.

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