THE OPERATION VETREPRENEUR CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES
The Contest is void in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Military installations in foreign countries, all other U.S. territories and possessions, and wherever else restricted or prohibited by law. Employees, agents, affiliates, associates, independent contractors, franchise owners, franchise associates, directors and officers of Sponsor, World Travel Holdings, Cruises Inc., CruiseOne, Facebook, their respective parents and subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and all other entities participating in the design, promotion, marketing, advertising, administration or fulfillment of this Contest (the “Promotion Parties”) and their immediate families and persons living in the same household are ineligible to participate in the Contest. Subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
Our website and Facebook pages are collectively referred to as the “Websites.”
All information provided, including contact information, must be current and valid. Incomplete Submissions, including but not limited to those Submissions that do not meet the requirements specified in these Official Rules, will not be eligible for the next round. Submissions will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of Submission (each, a "Contestant"). "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. In the event of a dispute over the ownership of an e-mail address, prize will be awarded to the Authorized Account Holder of the designated e-mail address. You agree that once you submit your Submission, it becomes the property of Sponsor.
All Submissions must be received by the Contest end date and time according to the computer time on Sponsor’s server. No hand or mail-in deliveries will be accepted. None of the Promotion Parties are responsible for late, incomplete, void, corrupted, garbled, misdirected, or otherwise unintelligible Submissions and for any problems, bugs or malfunctions Contestants may encounter when submitting their Submissions. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or otherwise illegible Submissions are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Contestant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or violating these Official Rules. Entries generated by a script, bot, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.
A panel of qualified judges will select Contestants to move to the next round (“Semi-Finalists”) based on the following criteria, from among all the eligible Contestants who submitted to a phone interview and expressed an interest in moving forward:
Level of interest and general experience (50 points)
Geographic location (30 points)
Eloquence (20 points)
A representative of Sponsor or the FDS will notify Semi-Finalists by phone or email, in Sponsor’s discretion (“Notification”).
(collectively the “Semi-Finalists’ Submissions” or “Submission”).
The Submissions must also comply with the Submission Guidelines described below in these Rules. Semi-Finalists must also have the right and ability to commit to a 5-year franchise agreement.
All information provided in the Submissions, including contact information, must be truthful, current and valid. Incomplete Submissions, including but not limited to those Submissions that do not meet the requirements specified in these Official Rules, will not be eligible for judging. Submissions will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of Submission. Semi-Finalists are advised to retain copies of their Submissions for their records because the Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned. You agree that once you submit your Submission, it becomes the property of Sponsor.
Once you have prepared all three documents, send them by email as Word or PDF attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org, together with your full name, and valid mailing address, telephone number and email address. Semi-Finalists’ Submissions must be received no later than August 15, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. ET according to the computer on Sponsor’s server (“Semi-Finalists’ Submission Period”). None of the Promotion Parties are responsible for late, incomplete, void, corrupted, garbled, misdirected, or otherwise unintelligible Semi-Finalists’ Submissions and for any problems, bugs or malfunctions Semi-Finalists may encounter when submitting their Submissions. Incomplete, garbled, corrupted or otherwise illegible Submissions are void and will not be accepted. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Semi-Finalist it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or violating these Official Rules.
All Submissions will be prescreened to insure the entries meet with Sponsor’s general standards and practices prior to any judging. Starting on or around August 18, 2014, a panel of qualified judges will conduct judging of all Qualified Semi-Finalists’ Submissions received during the Semi-Finalists’ Submission Period. Each submission will be judged on the following criteria:
Compliance of Franchise Application with Sponsor’s Standards and Regulations (30 points)
Clarity, Compelling Nature and Feasibility of Business Plan (20 points)
Résumé, including Experience and Skills (20 points)
Enthusiasm and Passion for Travels (30 points)
Up to twenty (20) Submissions with the highest number of points will be deemed the “Finalists.” In the event of a tie, the tying entries will be re-scored to determine Finalists. Finalists’ last name and first initial, hometown, and Submissions may be announced and posted on Sponsor's and affiliates' websites and/or Facebook page.
Upon conclusion of the interview, Finalists will be judged and scored by a panel of qualified judges according to the following criteria:
Skills and Business Knowledge (30 points)
Level of Commitment to, and Understanding of, a Home-Based Franchise Business (20 points)
Clarity and Relevance of Responses (20 points)
Enthusiasm (30 points)
In the event of a tie, the tying entries will be re-scored to determine a Selected Contestant.
On or about August 25, 2014 (date subject to change), Selected Contestants will be notified by phone, email or Facebook message at the sole discretion of Sponsor or Sponsor’s representative. Selected Contestants will be required to respond (as directed) to a phone and/or e-mail notification within 72 hours of attempted notification. The failure to respond timely to the notification may result in forfeiture of the prize; and, in such case, Sponsor may choose the next highest scoring Submission from among the remaining eligible submissions. Selected Contestants will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release ("Affidavit") and any other documents Sponsor or Sponsor’s representative may require (including a Franchise Agreement) within 72 hours of receipt of the Affidavit. Failure to timely return a signed Affidavit or other required documents or the return of any prize notification as undeliverable will result in Prize forfeiture. An alternate Selected Contestant may be selected from the next highest scoring Submissions (up to 3 times), if a Selected Entrant: (i) cannot be reached; (ii) fails to obtain all signatures on the Release and to return the documents in a timely manner as required pursuant to these Official Rules; or (iii) cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason. Assumed notification by caller ID and any subsequent returned calls do not constitute a winner.
Winners may be announced on Sponsor’s website(s) and Facebook page, affiliated web pages and/or publications on or around November 11, 2014 (date subject to change).
Approximate Retail Value of Prize (“ARV”): $12,700. Total ARV of Prizes: $63,500.
Subject to Sponsor’s franchisee selection process and requirements. Selected Contestants not entitled to any surplus between actual retail value of prize and stated ARV and any difference between stated ARV and actual value of the prize will not be awarded. Federal and state income taxes may apply and are the sole responsibility of the winner. Contestants may be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the ARV of any awarded prize. Prize must be redeemed in its entirety and may not be redeemed in portion(s). If a Selected Contestant is unable to participate in or accept the prize or any portion of the prize for any reason (including attending one of Sponsor’s Training Classes), Prize shall be forfeited and Sponsor shall have no further obligation to the Selected Contestant. Actual value of travel prizes may vary. Prize may be awarded in the form of voucher(s), coupon(s) and/or gift card(s) in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Choice of hotel(s) and/or itineraries shall be at the discretion of Sponsor and/or its prize suppliers. Once airline tickets, hotel reservations and/or other reservations have been issued, they shall not be changed, re-sold, endorsed, exchanged, transferred or in any other manner modified by Selected Contestants. All fees, costs and expenses not specifically stated as being included are excluded, and are the responsibility of the Selected Contestants, including without limitation costs and expenses related to the operation of a CruiseOne franchise (such as marketing and promotion, office and computer set-up, business filing fees, annual service fees and liability insurance), meals, ground transportation, gratuities, incidental hotel expenses, excess baggage charges, upgrades and any and all federal, state, and local taxes on prize, including special airport taxes and fees. Selected Contestants are responsible for obtaining travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) that they may wish to obtain (at their own expense) and hereby acknowledge that Promotion Parties will not obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance. Any and all activities related to the prize are at the Selected Contestants’ own risk and subject to whatever restrictions are imposed by the entities that govern such activities. Selected Contestants will not receive cash or any other form of compensation. No assignment, transfer, cash redemption or substitution of Prize is permitted, but Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of comparable or greater value should Prize become impracticable to award or unavailable for any reason. The Training Class must be redeemed by February 27, 2015.