Criteria for Accredited Judges




For the 2017 SAGE World Cup, each country is encouraged to bring up to two accredited judges as part of their country delegations.

An accredited judge must be one of the following:

  • Business Professionals/Entrepreneur (for-profit & non-profit)
    • Employed person with minimum of 5 years of experience in a management, leadership or decision making position
    • Self-employed person with minimum of 3 years in operation
    • Historic combination of the two above is acceptable
  • SAGE Sponsoring Companies
    • Business or person within a business who provides financial support to SAGE
    • Any donor business who provides $5,000-$9,999 in funding will receive an invitation for one judge’s seat
    • Any donor who provides more than $10,000 will receive an invitation for two judges seats
  • SAGE Alumnus Who Has Graduated University
    • Must be currently employed (self-employment is acceptable)
  • Education Professionals
    • University business professors
      • E.g., Entrepreneurship, Bus. Admin., Marketing, Accounting, Bus. Law, Bus. Ethics, Org. Comm., etc.
    • University employees with education-related management responsibilities
      • E.g., President, Vice President, Dean, Chancellor, Director of Entrepreneurship
  • Government Professionals (or their representatives)
    • Minimum 2 years of experience in an elected office
    • Must currently hold an elected position
  • Exceptions
    • Exceptions may be made, but approval is at the sole discretion of the SAGE Global Executive Team

All accredited judges must:

  • present a Government issued passport from the country they will represent when judging.
  • be able to read, write and speak in the English language. National Coordinators are required to vouch for judges to be able to meet this requirement.
  • SAGE Global reserves the right to audit and determine an accredited judge’s ability to read, write and speak in the English language, and may remove a judge from competition for inabilities to communicate in the English language.

Assuming 20 countries compete, and each country brings an average of two accredited judges, this means that SAGEGLOBAL will recruit a diverse panel of 40
accredited judges.