Confidentiality

The only individuals who have access to contestants’ business plans are the judges who are assigned to read the plans. The judges sign a confidentiality agreement before they are privy to the business plan and Intellectual Property documents. The judges are largely professional venture capital investors or other business leaders who regularly deal with confidential information in the normal course of their work. We ask them to treat all materials submitted with the same care and respect for confidentiality as they would their own business documents. We also ask them to remove themselves from judging, if they have a real conflict of interest. Confidential Information does not include information independently developed by a recipient, received from or disclosed by a third party not in breach of obligations of confidentiality, information publicly disclosed by contestant, information disclosed pursuant to a Court Order, or information retained in the unaided memory of a party which was not disclosed in a tangible media. The contestants should feel free to mark their submissions confidential.