College isn't just a time of self-discovery; it's also a chance to prove your mettle.
While the founders of Inc.'s 16 top college startups have been coached, corralled, and graded throughout the years, they've never been judged like this before. Here we bring you Inc.'s version of March Madness.
Each week, we'll ask you to pick your favorite college startups, and based on that input we'll narrow the list of 16--first to eight contenders and then to the Final Four. Come early April, a championship round between two final contenders will reveal Inc.'s top college startup of 2014.
In addition to bragging rights, the winning team will get free tickets to Inc.'s 2014 GrowCo conference in Nashville, Tennessee in May. At that event, billionaire investor and well-known Shark Tank judge Mark Cuban will keynote.
Happy judging and tune in next Monday (March 24th) for the results from Round 1.
So, how do you vote? Unless you're already registered with the site, click on the login box above and quickly register for Inc.com. You'll be redirected to our College Startups bracket, where you'll see the companies that are in contention for this year's top honor. Hover your mouse over each company name for more information about each team and click through to even more information, should you need it.
Inc.'s 2014 March Madness tournament operates in a phased voting system. There are four different rounds, in which you'll vote for your favored team or teams for that round. You can only vote once per round (which typically last one business week). Then press "Save," and tell your friends!
Each new round will start weekly on Mondays from March 17 through early April. The championship "match" will take place on April 7 and the winner will be announced on April 8.Â
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