VIA eCenter – Final Competition Round

Final Round Judges Panel

Our panel of esteemed judges for this event include an array of local and regional business leaders. Their experience, projects, successes and failures make for a robust, well-rounded group for this final portion of the competition.

  1.    Mike Capsambelis, Project Manager, Google
  2.    Tiara Thurston, District General Manager-Great Lakes Region, Tesla
  3.    Catherine Mott, Founder & Managing Partner, BlueTree Allied Angels
  4.    Jim Robertson, President, MAR International Consulting Inc.
  5.    Michael Kovach, Proprietor, The Walnut Hill Farm. VP/ Founding Partner, KIS Oil & Gas Inc.
  6.    Brian Slawin, NW Regional Director & Portfolio Manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners


Each team will be scored on the following criteria:

Viability of business venture

Thorough financial understanding of the project

Management capabilities of the team

Ability scale and create jobs

Passion for the idea

Final Round Elements

Date: June 6th | Location: eCenter@LindenPointe

Each presenting team will have 15 minutes to present and answer any questions from our panel of judges.

Winning Team

After each team has presented and has been scored by the judges, the winner will be announced and receive $25,000 in seed funding, incubation space at the eCenter and all of the privileges and services that are included at the incubator.


All submissions become the property of the competition, however, all claims to intellectual property rights remain with each applicant.

  1. Final round Competition will be recorded
  2. All finalists will be responsible for their travel expense and logistics to the final 
round competition
  3. Final round will not be public. (Invitation only attendance)
  4. There will be a public announcement of the Grand Prize Winner that will coordinated with the winning team
  5. Tax reporting requirements of winners