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The Student Startup Madness 2013-14 tournament application period is NOW CLOSED.

This year’s nationwide SSM tournament will hold its first and regional rounds of the competition ENTIRELY ONLINE and will culminate in the national finals at SXSW Interactive in March 2014. The tournament is open to student startup teams from any college from anywhere in the USA.

The 2013-14 “early admission period” ended September 30th; with final deadline for all applications due by midnight eastern time on Sunday, December 8, 2013

WHO CAN APPLY?

College student teams with digital media startups (in concept, in development or in operation) can apply. In keeping with the SXSW Interactive focus, all teams should fall into at least one of the following categories: Web and Online Capabilities, Social Media, Digital Entertainment (film and music), Gaming, Software, Mobile Apps, News and Information Technologies, Health Informatics, and Innovative e-Commerce.

At all phases of the SSM tournament, startups will be judged on the uniqueness and status of their product or service, the quality of the team, the size of the target market, any market traction they have generated, and the overall merit of their venture as an investment. Teams must have more than 30% of their founders enrolled in an accredited US college or university to be eligible and have a venture that qualifies as a “digital media” startup.

For additional help in preparing a good Executive Summary for investment, see Guy Kawasaki’s “The Art of the Executive Summary” post.