Judges will score each of the solutions based on 4 board areas:

Design Concept

30 points

Has the team…

  • drawn a clear connection between their design concept and the needs of the user(s) and the future landscape?
  • put forward a bold and exciting solution? prototyped and tested their idea with users?
  • shown evolution of their concept as a result of receiving external feedback?
  • represented their concept visually?

User Empathy & Insights

30 points

Has the team…

  • effectively framed the opportunity? communicated a logical vision for the future?
  • briefly elaborated on the key research methods used to derive these insights?
  • identified substantive or surprising unmet user needs?

Strategy and Business Model

25 points

Has the team…

  • clearly demonstrated how their idea creates a viable new business opportunity for Fidelity, either for our existing businesses or as a new business?
  • clearly communicated the vision and strategy for executing this idea?
  • considered the costs, revenues, and capabilities needed to enact their idea?
  • identified key risks or threats to their idea in the future?

Presentation Style & Q&A

15 points

Has the team…

  • clearly explained how they approached the challenge?
  • used a compelling narrative that effectively communicates the idea?
  • handled the Q&A thoughtfully and with poise?

Please see the details for the submission requirements before submitting.


The judges will be a mix of Fidelity Investment representatives, Colorado Community Members, and Academics from the participating institutions.

Vic Ahmed
Founder & CEO
Innovation Pavilion

Joe Cannon
Professor of Marketing
Colorado State Univeristy

Anna Ewing
Chief Operating Officer- OEDIT
Executive Director- COIN

Stephen Haag
Professor in Residence
Daniels College of Business

Craig Harrison
Managing Director
Arrowhead Partners

Bart Lorang
Co-Founder & CEO

Chris Onan
Managing Director
Galvanize Venture Fund

Josh Scott
Co-Founder & Board Member

Paul Washington
Executive Director
Office of Economic Development – City of Denver

Plus! Judges from Fidelity Investments and more!