The assessment committee invites the three highest ranked startups per challenge to pitch for the assessment committee in April 2019. It is up to the startups to decide on how they will do this (pitch, film, etc.). The Startups can give a pitch for a maximum of 10 minutes to the assessment committee. Subsequently, the assessment committee will get the opportunity to ask questions for 40 minutes, in which the Assessment Committee will conduct an interview about the proposed Solution, the Pitch, the team and the motivation of the Startup for the Programme and the Challenge.
Based on the bid, the pitch, and the responses to the questions (after the pitch and during the interview) asked by the assessment committee, the assessment committee will determine which Startup is eligible to be awarded participation in the Programme. The assessment committee consists of representatives from the Programme, experts on innovation and entrepreneurship, and the civil servants responsible for the specific social and urban challenges, who can consult a team of experts at any time.
As the sole exception in the selection process, the wildcard is assessed differently. The highest ranked submissions that also meet the minimum criteria will be passed to the assessment committee, with a maximum of three startups per round. However, based on the number of received bids, the City reserves the right to do five rounds of three bids for the Wildcard. This means that the City can select a maximum of 15 of the highest ranked bids for the pitch, questions and interview.
The assessment committee will arrive unanimously at one integral score based on the three criteria described below. The three aspects will be assessed conjointly, where each criterion has equal weight. The assessment committee will give one integrated score because the integration of these criteria and the way they strengthen and positively affect another is an important part of the assessment. The best solution per challenge will be selected to participate in the Programme.
Based on the Startup’s bid, the (optional) subsequent pitch and the round of questions and the interview, the assessment committee will consider the following areas as part of the assessment: