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Participation in the Drive Your Business Forward Contest (the “Contest”) constitutes Entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules.
To be eligible, an Entrant must be a currently operating business with its principal office located in one of the 48 Continental United States or the District of Columbia. The entry form, which is available only at http://www.fastcompany.com/section/drive-your-business-forward, must be completed on behalf of the Entrant by a duly authorized representative who is at least 18 years of age. Businesses that entered the 2012, 2013 or 2014 Drive Your Business Forward Contest are eligible to submit an Entry in 2015 with a NEW entry. Re-submissions of duplicate entries created for the 2012, 2013 or 2014 contest will be disqualified. Employees or agents of Mansueto Ventures, LLC (“MV”) (the “Sponsor”) and of the Sponsor’s parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising/promotional agencies, and the members of their immediate families and households are not eligible. Entrant must have a valid email address to enter. Void where prohibited by law. All decisions of the Sponsor regarding this Contest are final and binding in all respects.
In this Contest, Entrants are competing to win the Grand Prize consisting of a 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Mid-Size Van together with $10,000 worth of customizations. Please note that the Winner will be required to have customization performed by a dealer certified by Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (“MBUSA”) and to pay for or finance all costs of customization in excess of $10,000; total cost of customization could run from $20,000 to more than $100,000. The Winner will be featured in one or more videos and a print advertorial series highlighting the van customization process, to be published at the discretion of the Sponsor.
Up to 10 contest entrants (chosen by Fast Company) will go on to compete to win a $10,000 Readers’ Choice Prize, which will be awarded to the submitter of the video with the most votes by the Fast Company user community on FastCompany.com.
All entries become the property of MV and will not be acknowledged or returned. By entering the Contest, Entrant consents to the inclusion of Entrant’s email address and other personally identifiable information in MV’s promotional mailing lists.
The Sponsor is not responsible for malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer hardware, software, malfunctions of the Entrant’s email provider, lost, late, incomplete entries or entries not received in time for the judging. Entries not containing the required information and entries received by MV after the Entry Period will be disqualified. Any attempted form of entry other than described herein is void. The Sponsor is not responsible for problems downloading or accessing the Entry Form from the website or for any other technical problems related to website entries. The Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event that it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired and award prizes from among all eligible entries received prior to cancellation or termination. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an online entry, the entry will be deemed to be submitted by the person in whose name the e-mail account is registered. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online service will apply.
Entries must be submitted in English, must be comprised of original content, created solely by the submitting Entrant, must not have been submitted in any other competition, and must not infringe upon any rights of any third party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, and rights of privacy and publicity. Entries must be in keeping with the Sponsor’s image and shall not be defamatory, libelous, pornographic or obscene.
Each Entrant grants to MV, its successors, licensees and assigns the irrevocable, nonexclusive right to use the text of the entry submission in any editorial, advertising, publicity, and promotional context, in any manner at any time or place, in any and all media, whether now know or hereafter developed, throughout the world in perpetuity. MV shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate or alter any information submitted as part of an Entry for any purpose which the Sponsor deems necessary or desirable, and each Entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have in the entry submission by him or her.
The Grand Prize Winner and the 10 Contestants for the Readers’ Choice Prize shall be selected from all eligible entries by staff members of Fast Company. The eligible entries will be judged on the following criteria: 1) how the proposed use of Metris Mid-Size van will help Entrant’s business grow (50%) 2) overall business strategy (25%) 3) quality of performance on submitted video (25%). The Grand Prize Winner will be notified by email on or about June 11, 2015. Grand Prize Winner will be required to sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility, and, where lawful, a publicity consent, all within 5 days of notification. For an Entrant to qualify as the Grand Prize Winner, the Grand Prize Winner must agree to the use of its name and information about it, and shall cause each of its principals to agree to the use of his/her name, voice and/or likeness, for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. The Grand Prize Winner will also be required to confirm that it is willing and able to pay or finance all costs of customization in excess of $10,000; total cost of customization could run from $20,000 to more than $100,000. If the selected Grand Prize Winning Entrant cannot be contacted, is ineligible, or fails to respond or to claim the prize, or fails to timely return the completed and executed release, declaration and consent as required, prize may be forfeited and an alternate Grand Prize Winner will be selected. In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an online entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail account.
The Contestants for the Readers’ Choice Prize will be notified and posted online at www.FastCompany.com/section/drive-your-business-forward on or before July 1, 2015. The Readers’ Choice Prize will be awarded to the Contestant that receives the most votes by the Fast Company user community on FastCompany.com. The voting period will begin on or about 12:00:01 AM on July 1, 2015 and will end at 11:59:59 PM on July 31, 2015. Limit one (1) vote per person. In the event of a tie, the Readers’ Choice Prize will be divided equally between the tied Contestants. The Readers’ Choice Prize Winner will be notified by email on or about August 1, 2015. The Reader’s Choice Winner will be required to sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility, and, where lawful, a publicity consent, all within 5 days of notification. If the selected Readers’ Choice Prize Winning Entrant cannot be contacted, is ineligible, or fails to respond or to claim the prize, or fails to timely return the completed and executed release, declaration and consent as required, prize may be forfeited and the Finalist receiving the next highest number of votes will be selected the Readers’ Choice Prize Winner.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive the following prize: One (1) 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Mid-Size Van; one (1) voucher worth $10,000 of van customization at an authorized Mercedes-Benz Metris Mid-Size Van dealer; a free design/brand consultation; and will be featured in a video and print series highlighting the Winner’s business and tracing the Winner’s van customization process (the “Grand Prize”). The Approximate Retail Value (“APR”) of the goods and services included in the Prize is $45,000.00. There is no cash value of any part of the Grand Prize and substitutions, if any are allowed, are the sole and final decision of the Sponsor.
The Readers’ Choice Prize is $10,000 in cash.
Neither MV nor MBUSA, their respective parent, subsidiary, or affiliate companies, nor their respective promotional agencies shall have any obligation or responsibility with regard to (i) entries that contain inaccurate information or that do not comply with these instructions; (ii) entries, prize claims, or notifications that are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, damaged, or otherwise not received by the intended recipient, in whole or in part, due to computer or technical error of any kind; (iii) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties; or (iv) any damages or losses of any kind caused by any award or resulting from the acceptance of any award. The Sponsor in its sole discretion reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or otherwise disregarding these instructions. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, or modify the Contest if it cannot be completed as planned because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, or technical failures of any sort. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void.
Winners shall be solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes. Winners will be issued an IRS 1099 Income Tax Form in the amount of the Approximate Retail Value of the Prize.
Entrants are solely responsible for their own actions and behavior and agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, divisions and related companies and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, assigns and licensees from any liability for losses, damages or injuries arising in connection with Entrants participation in the Contest, any infringement or violation of privacy rights or regarding the award of a Prize.
However, nothing herein shall be deemed to be a release of any warranty or product liability claim with regard to the Prize.
It is the sole responsibility of the Entrant to notify MV in writing if the Entrant changes its e-mail address. To do so, send notice of new e-mail address to: DriveYourBusinessForward at FastCompany dot com
This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is not available to those residing in jurisdictions where such contests are prohibited. Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by binding arbitration under the auspices of JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Medication Service) in New York City, New York. These Official Rules will bind all contestants, and their respective heirs, representatives, successors and permitted assigns. These Official Rules supersede any prior oral or written agreements relating to rules or procedures for the Contest. These Official Rules may be changed at any time, but only by the Sponsor and only by posting new rules at http://www.fastcompany.com/sprinter-official-rules. These Official Rules will not be construed to impose upon the Sponsor any obligations for any losses, debts or other obligations incurred by any Contest participant.
To receive information about the winner or a copy of the Official Rules, send an email to
DriveYourBusinessForward at FastCompany dot com within six (6) months after June 11, 2015.