Rules & Regulations

Applications – High School Category

  • Students attending any high school or equivalent in Halton Region at the time the application is submitted are eligible.
  • Entries can be made by individuals or teams, with a maximum of 3 team members.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning team(s).
  • Awards of in kind services will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Pythons.
  • Prizes awarded will be split equally among all members of the winning team(s).
  • Free to apply.
  • Multiple entries are allowed i.e., a person or team may submit an entry in both the High School and Open categories, but each entry must be unique.
  • The Top 10 entries will be asked to appear in front of a panel during February 2015. The Top 10 will be screened down to the Top 5.
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Applications containing any misrepresentations will be disqualified.

Presentations by Qualifiers – High School Category

  • Qualifiers will be given 3 minutes to present and 5-7 minutes for questions from the Pythons.
  • Presentations may be accompanied by visual aids and props. Time will not be allowed for set up. No power point or any other presentation that includes the use of a screen is allowed.
  • The evaluation of a presentation will be based on presentation skills and the business case for the concept.
  • Presentations will be made by Top 5 in TV Cogeco Studios April 2015 and then Live in front of an audience in May 2015 – dates to be confirmed.

Applications – Open Category

  • Persons who are permanent residents of Halton Region at the time the application is submitted are eligible. Where the entrants are students, the permanent residency requirement is waived but the entrant must be attending any high school or post secondary institution or equivalent in Halton Region.
  • Students attending McMaster University, Mohawk College or Sheridan College (any campus) or any other post secondary institution in Halton Region at the time the application is submitted are eligible and the permanent residency requirement is waived.
  • Awards of cash prize and in kind services will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Pythons.
  • Entrants are asking for investor money in return for a percentage of their business or business idea. Any investments by the Python’s will be determined solely at the Python’s discretion.
  • Winner will also receive a cash prize of up to $20,000 to assist with business start up costs. Winner is chosen at the Pythons discretion.
  • Proposed businesses must have an impact in the Halton Region.
  • Free to apply.
  • Multiple entries are allowed i.e., a person or team may submit multiple entries, but each entry must be unique.
  • Submissions will be accepted for a new venture, start-up or from an existing entity with cumulative gross sales of less than $250,000 per year in 2013 and 2013.
  • The top 10 entries will be asked to appear in front of a screening panel February 2015 (subject to change). The top 5 entries will participate in the Pythons’ Pit.
  • Entries may be submitted beginning on October 15th, 2014 at 12:00 A.M. and application summaries will close January 7th 2015 at 11:59 P.M. Full applications must be submitted by January 7, 2015
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Applications containing any misrepresentations will be disqualified.

Presentations – Open Category

  • Each presenter will have 3 minutes to present followed by a Q and A of up to 15 minutes.
  • Presentations will be made by the Top 5 in TV Cogeco Studios April 2015 and then Top 5 will appear for the results show May 2015.
  • Presentations may be accompanied by visual aids and props. No power point or any other forms of presentation that include the use of a screen are allowed. Time will not be allowed for set up.
  • Investments and cash award will be made at the sole discretion of the Pythons

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