Business Plan Competition Disclosures

By registering for The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Center for Business Innovation’s Business Plan Competition, you grant CCBC Center for Business Innovation and their respective affiliates and assigns, an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of your entry, including excerpts from business plans submitted and related presentation materials in connection with the promotion and administration of the Competition, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: CCBC’s websites, press releases, email messages, or newsletters. You agree that CCBC and their designees shall have the right and permission to use (unless prohibited by law) your name, voice, address (city and state of residence), photograph, biographical information and/or other likeness, for advertising, promotional or any other purpose in any and all media or format now known or hereafter devised throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without further compensation, consideration, permission or notification to participants or any third parties. You also give your express permission to be contacted by all parties involved by telephone, email and/or postal mail for any purpose connected with the Competition.

Liability

By registering to participate in the Competition, participants release The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), The Center for Business Innovation (CBI), their subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, the judges, the sponsors, coaches, mentors and all suppliers from any and all liability for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize or participation in the competition, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.  You are solely responsible for protecting your rights or the rights of third parties in any intellectual property disclosed. CCBC is not responsible for lost, late, or illegible entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of CBI which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, CBI reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest.

Decisions regarding the competition and the winners

All decisions regarding the competition rules, procedures, and processes are at the sole discretion of the CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation. Changes and/or interpretations of these rules may be made by the CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation at any time, even though they may be (or may appear to be) in conflict with some previously published or announced information. The selection of the teams to compete and the decision of the winners are at the sole discretion of the judges and the CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation. Best efforts will be made to make decisions in accordance with this Official Rules document. The CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation has the final decision on which teams are invited to compete in the CCBC Business Plan Competition and reserves the right to include or exclude any participant(s) for any reason. The rules and prizes are subject to change at the discretion of the CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation at any time. The CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation staff has the right to interpret these rules according to their own judgement and reserves the right to reject a business plan that does not adhere to the college’s mission or values.

Non-confidentiality

Any data or information discussed or divulged by entrants should be considered information that could possibly enter the public realm, and entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any data or information discussed, divulged, or presented. Due to the nature of the competition, we are not able to ask judges, reviewers, staff, or the audience to agree to or sign non-disclosure statements. However, the CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation, the organizer of the BPC, will make every effort to limit distribution of business plans presented at the competition. The CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation cannot guarantee that other individuals will not obtain access to electronic or hard copies of the business plan. Attendance by media personnel is expected.

Copyrights & Permissions

If a team uses copyrighted materials and/or images from a third-party in their submissions or presentations, they must obtain permission and authorization in advance from the owners to use this material. Information presented by the participants competing is the sole responsibility of the individual team members. Community College of Baltimore County, including CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation and any of its affiliates (collectively, “CCBC”), has not taken, and does not intend to take, any steps to verify the adequacy, accuracy or completeness of any information, materials or statements presented. The competitors, and not CCBC, are responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable federal, state and other securities laws, and it is solely the competitor’s responsibility to comply with any of such laws that are applicable. CCBC does not give investment advice, endorsement, analysis or recommendations with respect to any securities and is not a broker, venture fund or an investment advisor.