Please read these Official Rules carefully before entering the Comerica/DEC Contest (“Contest”). Comerica is not a sponsor of this Contest and has no responsibility for the administration or selection of the winner and prize.  By entering the Contest, you agree that you have read, and are bound by, the terms and conditions set forth below as if you had actually signed them. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions set forth below, you may not enter the Contest.  By entering the Contest, you acknowledge and agree that these Official Rules are a legally binding contract between you and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (“The DEC”).  The DEC may modify the terms and conditions of these Official Rules as described below, and you agree to familiarize yourself with any modifications.

  1. Void Where Prohibited or Restricted by Law: All federal, state and local regulations apply to the Contest. The Contest is void in any Country, or Federal or State jurisdiction where it is prohibited by law or regulation.

  2. Sponsor/Eligibility: The Contest is sponsored by The DEC, a Texas non-profit corporation.  The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, and who are residing therein, and who are 18 years of age or older as of the time of entry.  Employees, officers, and directors of The DEC or Comerica, Inc., and members of the immediate families of such persons (spouses, children, siblings, parents, and/or persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related), are not eligible to enter the Contest. Requirements for competitors: Must apply with a video submission by the due date. Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Competitors must have an established business within southern Dallas county (as defined by The DEC). Must be a business owner (with an established EIN). Must have not received other competition-based funding within the last 18 months. Must agree to attend at least one info session and at least 1 pitch practice sessions (either live or virtual). The deliverable is a three-minute pitch of a concept or idea. While the oral presentation may involve the use of props, slides, or other visual material, it must stand on its own without a written business plan. An individual or group of individuals may pitch. Each team will be limited to one entry in the competition. Individuals can only be members of one team. Individual/Team MUST be present for the competition on 3/23/2019. Winner must agree to on-going business strategy support from DEC mentors, including a financial literacy session with Comerica Bank and a business strategy session.

  3. Contest and Official Rules Subject to Modification by The DEC: The Contest and these Official Rules are subject to modification, cancellation, or limitation at The DEC’s sole discretion, with or without notice, including to persons who have already entered the Contest.  All changes or modification of the Contest or these Official Rules will be posted on this Website.

  4. General Conditions of Participation in This Contest: Except where prohibited by law, all entries that are selected as one of the ten or more semi-finalists permit The DEC and its affiliates to use, without notice or further compensation, worldwide and in perpetuity in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, such winner’s name, likeness, pictures, photographs, voice, biographical information, and statements for purposes of advertising, trade, promotion, and publicity.  Once submitted, all entries, not just those of the semi-finalists, become the exclusive property of The DEC and will not be returned.

  5. Disqualification: The DEC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it (or its authorized designee hosting the Website) finds to be: (i) tampering with the entry process or otherwise tampering with the operation of the Contest, the Website, or any web page or web banner ad related to the Contest; (ii) acting in violation of the Official Rules; (iii) acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, harass, harm, mislead, or defraud any other individual or entity; or (iv) otherwise in violation of law as solely determined by The DEC. Any person attempting to defraud The DEC or the other contestants or in any way tamper with the Contest will be ineligible to compete in the Contest or win a prize and The DEC may seek any and all remedies available to it, including, if appropriate, filing complaints with legal authorities.

  6. Website or Contest Corruption: If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned or if in the sole discretion of The DEC, the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest is corrupted or adversely affected, The DEC reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

  7. Limitation of Liability: The DEC is not responsible or liable for entries that are illegible, late, forged, destroyed, lost, misplaced, stolen, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, garbled, altered, or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, whether caused by The DEC, the entrant, or anyone else.

  8. Entrants’ Own Work: Your submission must be entirely your (or in the case of a team effort, your team’s) own original creation and must not infringe upon or violate any laws or any rights of third parties, including, but not limited to, such violations as infringement of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary or property right, libel, defamation, violation of rights of privacy, publicity, personality or celebrity, or any contract right, or any other right of any individual, corporation or entity. Entrants must obtain all necessary permissions, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and other approvals from third parties (including but not limited to all copyright holders and all individuals appearing in a video submission), necessary to use the submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast worldwide, by any means.  Any and all such permission, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and approvals must be provided to The DEC upon its request The DEC shall not be responsible to a third-party for any entrant’s failure to comply with this provision, and each entrant agrees to indemnify The DEC for any such claim.

  9. Affidavit & Release: As a condition of being awarded a prize, the winner may be required to execute and deliver to The DEC a signed Affidavit of Eligibility, which includes an acceptance of these Official Rules and a release of liability.

  10. Obligations of Winner: As a condition of being awarded a prize, the winner of the Contest will be required to enter into a contract with The DEC. The contract, among other things, will contain terms regarding how and when the prize money will be distributed and will require the winner to use the prize money solely to fund the business described in the winner’s entry and represented to The DEC and the public during the Contest.  The contract will require regular reporting from the winner to The DEC. The contract will reserve for The DEC the right to withhold funding of all or any of the prize money if the winner fails to comply with the terms agreed to in the contract.

  11. Release and Waiver: By entering the Contest, each entrant irrevocably agrees and acknowledges to be bound by the Official Rules and all applicable laws and decisions of The DEC which are final and binding in all respects; to forever and irrevocably waive all of his/her rights to claim ambiguity with respect to the Official Rules and to waive all of his/her rights to bring any claim, action, or proceeding against The DEC in connection with the Contest; and to forever and irrevocably release, indemnify, and hold harmless The DEC and its respective officers, directors, employees, or agents including outside attorneys, shareholders, representatives, successors, and assigns (collectively the “Releases”) from any liability (including, but not limited to, liability for defamation, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of publicity or any intellectual property rights, any property loss, damage, personal injury, bodily injury, death, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity, and any indirect, incidental, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages of any kind, even if the Releases have been advised of the possibility of such loss or damages), costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable outside attorneys’ fees) that may arise from, result from, or are in connection with: (a) the Contest including, but not limited to, any Contest-related activity or element thereof and the entrant’s entry, participation, or inability to participate in the Contest; (b) the violation of any privacy, personal, publicity or proprietary rights; (c) typographical errors in these Official Rules or any Contest promotional materials; (d) any change in the prizing (or any components thereof) due to unavailability, business or creative considerations, or due to reasons beyond The DEC’s control or as otherwise permitted in these Official Rules; (e) any interruptions in or postponement, cancellation, or modification of the Contest; (f) human error; (g) incorrect or inaccurate transcription, receipt, or transmission of any part of the Contest entry; (h) any system, computer timing and/or dating mechanism, computer equipment, software, or Internet service provider utilized by The DEC or by an entrant; (i) interruption or inability to access the Contest, the Website, or any other Contest-related web pages or any online service via the internet due to hardware or software compatibility problems; (j) any damage to entrant’s (or any third person’s) computer and/or its contents related to or resulting from any part of the Contest; (k) any lost/delayed data transmissions, omissions, interruptions, defects, and/or any other destroyed, incomplete, undeliverable or damaged Contest Entries; (l) any wrongful, negligent, or unauthorized act or omission on the part of The DEC, or any of its agents or employees; (m) the public voting or the tabulation of the votes; or (n) the selection by The DEC or its advisors of the finalists.

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