The Impact on Idea Selection of the Intrinsic Qualities of a Creative Idea and Its Presentation: The Case of Pitch Evaluations during Start-Up Weekends

Par Guy Parmentier, Séverine Le Loarne-Lemaire

What criteria are used to judge a creative idea? We attempt to answer this question by analyzing 57 idea pitches from two start-up weekends. Following the scientific and managerial literature, we identify four conditions intrinsically linked to the idea and three conditions linked to the presenter that could influence the evaluation of an idea. A comparative case analysis in Fuzzy Set mode highlights three configurations of sufficient conditions for the positive evaluation of a pitch. In addition, a good enunciation of the pitch is found to be a necessary condition. This research therefore shows that the intrinsic qualities of an idea are not sufficient for it to be favorably evaluated; it must also be well presented. Conversely, good presentation is not enough; the idea must have intrinsic qualities to be favorably evaluated. In addition, the physical appearance of the pitcher can be an asset in the specific context of start-up weekends.
JEL Codes: O31

  • Idea Selection
  • Creativity
  • Pitch
  • Assessment Criteria
  • Hackathon
  • FsQCA
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