Abstract submission for Demo Day 2020 will open on January 10, 2020.

Submitting Your Abstract

Abstract length – maximum 1,000 characters (character count includes spaces and returns). 

1.       Problem:  What is the problem? 

2.       Solution:  How does your research solve the problem? 

3.       Innovation:  What is different/innovative about your research/product/program that makes it better than other research/products/programs for solving the problem? 

4.       Audience:  Who is interested in your solution, i.e. who would use your research/product/program? 

Abstract submission closes at 11:59 pm on March 6, 2020.

Late-breaking Abstracts are due by 11:59 pm, March 27, 2020.

Acceptance notifications will be sent on March 20, 2020 (regular) & April 3,2020 (late breaking).

Preparing Your Poster

If your abstract is accepted you will be offered the opportunity to attend poster prep sessions that will guide the format and content of your poster and pitch.

  • Poster and Pitch Prep Workshop Option 1: TBD - week of March 30, 2020

  • Poster and Pitch Prep Workshop Option 2: TBD - week of April 6th, 2020

  • Refine Your Poster and Pitch Workshop: TBD - week of April 13th, 2020

  • All workshops will be held in the Lory Student Center, Room & Time TBD

Poster Guidelines

Posters should measure NO MORE THAN 36" x 48" (90cm x 121cm- landscape or portrait style is acceptable), and should be constructed from lightweight material (heavy posters will not affix to the boards).  

Posters should be readable by viewers three feet away. Use large print and shade or color block letters when possible.   A minimum font size of 32 point and a maximum of 600 words are recommended. The message should be clear and understandable without oral explanation. 

 The best posters will be closer to an infographic than a traditional academic research poster.  Several examples of infographics and a few of our previous winners' posters are included below. Additional infographic examples and templates may be sourced from the web, an example of a template service is https://www.visme.co/make-infographics/


Faculty, staff, and alumni will be circulating throughout the poster session as formal judges.  They may or may not be wearing identification as a judge.  All judges will use the same criteria to assess each poster within a given award category (see sample rubric below.) Scores for each poster will be summed.  The poster with the highest sum in each applicable award grouping will win the award.  Ties will be decided at the discretion of CSU Ventures staff based on judging comments.  A poster may win only one award.  

Day of Event Instructions:

Each poster board is marked with a unique poster number. You may pick up a poster assignment sheet at the Registration Desk the morning of the event – this sheet will indicate your poster number and session assignment.  Please hang your poster in the designated number spot.  Materials to hang the poster will be provided. 

Poster presenters will be emailed their poster number and session assignment (Green/Gold) prior to the event. 

  • The LSC Grand Ballroom will be open from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM to mount posters. 

  • Presenters are expected to be at their poster boards during the assigned session presentation time - 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM (Green Session) or 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM (Gold Session) . 

  • Posters must remain on display all day from 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM for judging.  

  • Posters that do not remain on display throughout their assigned time may, at the discretion of the judges, be ineligible for awards. 

 Sample posters

Sample rubric

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