5 Best Practices for Running an Online Award Program
Here at Reviewr, we have had the wonderful privilege to work with organizations of all types, sizes, and goals. In this journey, we have seen literally every imaginable type of award program -both the good and bad. We think of all our clients as partners, and it’s on us to share the best practices we’ve gathered in our years of powering the world’s most successful award programs.
6 Side Effects of NOT using Online Application Management Software
So, you are a very resourceful person—and a hard worker. Maybe you have six or seven people on your team who are also very resourceful. They may not ALL be hard workers, but as a team you do pretty darn well at this resourcefulness and hard work thing.
Maybe you know you can bring all the pieces of your application process together for a song by doing it manually, because you’ve been doing it already—or something like it. We believe you! But there are a few hidden side effects of managing a process manually and doing it for less. Shall we Reviewr?
How to Create a Better Online Application Process
When you are in charge of the application management system in your organization, you’ve got a number of challenges facing you, not the least of which is the fact that you don’t seem to get the number of applications you believe you should (or someone else believes you should). What could be keeping people from applying? Is it something you said?
How to get more applicants for your online award, competition, grant, or call for entry
One of the most frustrating difficulties anyone will encounter running an awards program is not having enough applicants. It can be difficult to figure out how to maximize the number of applicants you will receive. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to maximize your application count.
Why you need submission/application management software
Putting your entire process in one tool will have amazing benefits for your application or submission management project such as awards, competitions, grants, call for papers, etc. By using a single platform your team will increase efficiency, reduce the chance for errors and data loss, and streamline your process from beginning to end. A single platform will let your whole team collaborate on a single toolset. The applications, evaluations, and all administrative task can be united in a single intuitive platform that will allow your team to focus on their daily tasks, and they can leave the headaches caused by manually running your submission or application process.
Reviewr Feature Release: Box.com Integration
We are proud to announce the release of our first feature rollout under the new Reviewr branding. This rollout brings important performance enhancements to the software's “code” for increased speed and minor bug fixes. Most importantly, the rollout brings a highly requested feature which will allow uploaded documents to be viewed directly within the platform, without the need to download.
PitchBurner is now Reviewr!
Pitchburner is excited to announce the launch of Reviewr! Reviewr, is a web-based application for collecting, managing, and reviewing online submissions.
We have been working globally to help our clients bridge the gap between entrepreneurs pitching their ideas in competitions and the industry experts who want to give them feedback. Today, PitchBurner has grown to be the industry leader in entrepreneurship competitions and are thankful for our clients that have helped us get where we are.
Because of our success, we were approached by organizations of all types looking to use PitchBurner to manage their online submission collection and review processes for things like contest, awards, grants, and call for entries. It didn’t take us long to realize how big of an opportunity we have to solve the challenges for a much wider audience.
How to find sponsorship for your competition, contest, or award program
More and more, competition, contest or award program administrators are matching up with sponsors to help fund their event. Sponsors lend recognition and capital to the event while simultaneously benefiting the sponsor themselves. But how does an event administrator go about finding sponsors? And what do they do once they have been found?
Follow the 7 steps listed below to achieve sponsorship success:
Design Ignites & AIGA present: 2014 Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award
Sylvia Harris (1953 – 2011) is widely recognized as a pioneer, a generous mentor and a vital inspiration to the field of social impact design. Over her twenty-five year career, Sylvia Harris championed “good design for the common good,” tirelessly promoting accessible communications for mass audiences. As founder and principal of Citizen Research & Design, she consulted to the nation’s largest hospitals, universities and civic agencies on strategic design planning, public policy development and innovation management.
In that spirit, Design Ignites Change and AIGA have established the Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award to honor her legacy by supporting other vanguards dedicated to public design.
Minnesota Cup: Fostering New Business Ideas Across the State
The Minnesota Cup is an entrepreneurial competition that supports and accelerates the development of breakthrough business ideas from across the state. Its mission is to seek out, support, celebrate and promote Minnesota’s newest and most innovative business ideas through this annual statewide contest that connects Minnesota entrepreneurs with the state’s leading business leaders, investors, the University of Minnesota and the state of Minnesota.
University of Buffalo: Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition
The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition was created by the University of Buffalo (UB) School of Management and the University of Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach. Funded with a $1 million endowment from the late Henry A. Panasci Jr., the program is designed to bring UB students from science, technology, business and other disciplines together to maximize their potential to create viable businesses in Western New York.
"Panasci TEC gives students the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship in a real-world setting where they take an idea from conception to market,” said Thomas Ulbrich, executive director of the UB School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).
Teams that enter Panasci TEC will compete for startup funding and in-kind services to launch their businesses. A first place prize of $25,000 in seed funding along with in-kind services valued at $27,000 is awarded to the top team. The second place team is awarded $10,000 in seed funding. Since the competition began, 13 local businesses have launched with the first-place prize money, and most remain in business today. The very first Panasci TEC champs sold their business, Campus Labs, for $40 million in 2012.
The competition provides informational and training sessions in the fall, briefing potential competitors on how to write a business plan, pitch best practices and revenue modeling, including tools, technigues and resources needed. Participants also have access to Q&A and discussions with part competition winners and administrators.
West Virginia University, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Education, is seeking to peak the interest of the youth across the state. To do so, they are running two business plan competitions: one for high schooler students, and one on the collegiate level. The goal of both event is to increase the drive for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Virtual Enterprises International: A Business Plan Competition for Youth
Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) is an educational program in which teams of students create and run their own businesses. One of the intended major outcomes of this rigorous national program is for each firm (team of students) to develop and present a formal business plan. The National Business Plan Competition, one of the most prestigious annual business plan competitions for public high school students, is a competition that challenges qualifying teams from across the country to demonstrate their global business expertise through written business plans and oral presentations. The competition showcases best practices, rewards excellence, and trains these high school students to apply sophisticated knowledge and skills typically expected from business professionals and college students.
Size Doesn't Matter When it Comes to Making Your Competition Rock
Competitions come in all sizes - from just a few applicants to thousands of applicants. However, no matter how few (or how many) submissions your event may receive, competition management software can still play a crucial role in making your competition, contest or awards program a success. If you run a large program, management of all your forms is essential to keep track of the high volume of participants you interact with. However, even if your event is small, it’s still of high-value, and your participants deserve a world-class experience.
Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
The Dutch Postcode Lottery was founded in 1989 to support charitable causes. Since the Postcode Lottery's founding, it has donated more than €4 billion to organizations working on behalf of humanity and the natural environment. Today, 2.5 million people in the Netherlands play every year, vying for hundreds of thousands of prizes each month. Half the price of each ticket is distributed among 90 charitable organizations. The Postcode Lottery started the Green Challenge in 2007 and continues today.