The #DOVEInstaGrants entry
period has officially ended.
ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND ENTRANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.
CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD: DOVE® Chocolate InstaGrants Contest (the "Contest") begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time ("ET") on Thursday, November 4, 2021 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on Friday, November 19, 2021 (the "Contest Period"). Administrator's computer is the official timekeeping device for this Contest.
ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who, at the time of entry, identify as female and are 18 years of age or older and the age of majority in their state of residence (19+ in Alabama and Nebraska; 21+ in Mississippi). Void in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of the Sponsor, Contest Administrator and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, and the immediate family members (spouses, parents, children and siblings and their respective spouses) of, and those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
HOW TO ENTER: During the Contest Period, eligible participants must create a video not to exceed 30 seconds in length pitching an innovative business idea she has created (either for a new business concept or established/existing business) that could benefit from the funding from a Grand Prize (a "Video") and submit the Video by one of the following methods of entry:
Method #1 - Online Entry: During the Contest Period, eligible participants must visit http://instagrants.dovechocolate.com/ (the "Contest Website"), complete the entry form in its entirety, upload a Video and submit as instructed to receive one (1) entry into the Contest (the "Online Entry").
Online Entry and Instagram Entry collectively referred to herein as "Entry" or "Entries".
BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANTS WARRANT THAT NO INFORMATION PROVIDED AS PART OF THE ENTRY IS OR CAN BE DEEMED CONFIDENTIAL OR PROPRIETARY, CONSIDERED A TRADE SECRET OR PRIVILEGED.
Regardless of the method of entry, each Entry must include an original Video. Entries submitted with a Video that has already been submitted or that is substantially the same as a previously submitted Video, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be disqualified.
There is a limit of one (1) Entry per person during the Contest Period regardless of method of entry. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
Once an Entry is submitted it cannot be modified by an entrant. Released Parties, as defined below, are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, garbled, inaccurate, invalid, misdirected, undelivered, or delayed Entries. No altered or incomplete submissions will be accepted.
Entries will be posted to a public gallery within the Contest Website (the "Contest Gallery"). The Sponsor will review all submitted Entries prior to such Entries being published and reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to reject, disqualify and/or remove any Entry that violates these Official Rules without any notification or warning. Posting to the Contest Gallery does not indicate the Entry has complied with the Official Rules or that the Entrant has won a prize. Sponsor reserves the right to post sample Photos it has created in connection with the Contest on the Contest Website, the Sponsor’s websites and social sites. Sponsor does not guarantee the posting of any Entry.
IMPORTANT: MESSAGE AND DATA RATES MAY APPLY TO USE OF MOBILE PHONE/DEVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN CONTEST. INSTAGRAM IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS & CONDITIONS: All Entries must comply with the following minimum guidelines to be eligible:
By submitting an Entry, the entrant understands and grants to the Sponsor an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive worldwide license to use her Entry (including, but not limited to, the Video), name, recordings, hometown and likeness on the Sponsor's various websites and social media sites and in advertising and/or promotional activities worldwide without compensation, permission or notification. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter, change or modify any Entry, which includes the Video. Entries must be truthful and Sponsor reserves the right to verify information contained in the Entry. Sponsor not responsible for any invalid or incorrect information provided by an entrant.
By submitting an Entry, entrant warrants and represents that: (a) Entry does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other legal or moral rights of any person or entity; (b) entrant has obtained written permission from any person who may appear in the Video; (c) entrant owns all rights to the Video, including without limitation, copyrights, and has received prior written permission from a third party if any Video was recorded by someone other than the entrant herself; and (d) entrant will indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from any claims and damages (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising from or relating to the breach or alleged breach of her representations and warranties herein, the Entry, or entrant's conduct in creating the Entry, the acceptance or use of any prize or otherwise in connection with this Promotion.
ENTRIES ARE THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF SPONSOR IN ANY MANNER.
JUDGING AND WINNER DETERMINATION: All eligible Entries received during the Contest Period will be judged by a panel appointed by the Sponsor by December 14, 2021, who shall use the criteria set forth below to determine each Entry's total judging score (the "Judging Score"):
A. Innovation in business idea (40%): Business delivers a unique value proposition.
B. Executability of business idea (25%): A viable business that is capable of working successfully.
C. Originality/Creativity (25%): Creative pitch and engaging presence within the pitch itself.
D. Business Idea Sustainability (5%): Echoing DOVE Chocolate's purpose, business aims to have positive impact on the global or local environment, community, society or economy
E. Business Idea's Intention to be Female-First (5%): In addition to being a women-led business, the business itself is also for women.
The fifteen (15) Entries that receive the highest Judging Scores based on the judging criteria will each be deemed the potential finalist (each, a "Finalist"). All Finalists will then be judged by a separate panel appointed by Sponsor using the criteria set forth above to determine each Finalist's final judging score (the "Finalist Judging Score"). The three (3) Finalists that receive the highest Finalist Judging Score based on the judging criteria will each be deemed a potential Grand Prize winner. In the unlikely event of a tie in determining a Finalist/winner, the tied Entry with the highest score in Criterion A, "Strategy/Business Plan", will be deemed the potential Finalist/winner. If additional tie breakers are needed, the tie-breaking mechanism above will be used; however, instead of the highest score in Criterion A determining the potential winner from among the tied Entries, the highest scores in each of Criteria B through E, in sequence (to the extent needed) will determine the potential winner. In the event additional tiebreakers are needed, all tied Entries will be judged by a separate panel of judges using the judging criteria above.
WINNER NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION: In the event potential winner entered via Instagram Entry, potential winner will be notified by Sponsor via direct message and/or Video comment to her public Instagram account (the "Initial Notification") on or about December 14, 2021. To begin the prize claim process, a potential winner must respond as instructed to the Initial Notification with her full name, address and email address within 48 hours of the Initial Notification. Any potential prize winner who does not reply to the Initial Notification with the required information and within the specified time period will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be notified. Within three (3) days of confirmation of the information received from a potential winner in response to Initial Notification, such potential winner will receive a second notification (the "Second Notification") via email from the Administrator and will be required to sign and return, within five (5) days of the Second Notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Waiver, an IRS W-9 Form and where allowable, a Publicity Release (collectively, the “Releases”). If the potential winner does not reply to the Initial Notification and the Second Notification with the required information and within the specified time period, she will be disqualified and the entrant with the next highest Judging Score will be deemed the potential winner
In the event potential winner entered via Online Entry, potential winner will be contacted by the Administrator by email or phone on or about December 14, 2021 and will be required to sign and return, within five (5) days of notification, the Releases.
Noncompliance will result in disqualification and the entrant with the next highest Judging Score will be deemed the potential winner.
Winner may also be required to submit to a background check to confirm eligibility and help ensure that the use of any such person in advertising or publicity for the Contest will not bring Sponsor and its affiliated entities into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reflect unfavorably on the Contest or Sponsor, as determined by the parties in their sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify a potential winner on the basis of the findings resulting from such background check or if a potential winner fails to properly authorize and/or provide the required information in connection with such background check.
PRIZE/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE ("ARV"):
Grand Prizes: There are three (3) Grand Prizes available to be won. Each Grand Prize consists of $10,000 awarded in the form of a check to the winner. The ARV of the Grand Prize: $10,000 each.
The total ARV of all prizes available to be awarded: $30,000.
Prizes are not assignable nor transferable. No substitution is permitted except at Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value at its discretion. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the winner's sole responsibility. If a prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or if winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these rules that winner will be disqualified, and the Entry with the next highest score will be deemed the potential winner.
Winner is responsible for all federal, state, local and income taxes associated with winning prize.
Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission to use winner's name, prize won, Entry, hometown, likeness, video recording(s), photographs, and statements for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission. Once the prize has been delivered to the winner's provided address, the prize is considered awarded.
GENERAL: Participating entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrator and the Sponsor, and release and hold Sponsor, the Administrator, Facebook, Inc. and each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Promotion, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each (collectively, the "Released Parties"), from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the Promotion, and the acceptance and use/misuse of the prize offered. Participating entrants assume all liability for and Released Parties shall be held harmless against any liability for any injury, losses or damages of any kind to persons, including personal injury or death, or injury to property caused or claimed to be caused in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by participation in this Sweepstakes, acceptance, possession, or use/misuse of the prize, or any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy, or merchandise delivery. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prize.
No confidential relationship is established by any entrant and the Sponsor as a result of participating in the Promotion. None of the information submitted by the entrant will be treated as trade secrets, confidential information or as protected data.
Although subsequent attempts to submit an Entry may be received, only the first complete Entry received from a particular entrant will be eligible; subsequent attempts by the same person to enter, including Entries submitted with an alternate email address or identity will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, submission will be deemed submitted by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the email address submitted by the entrant or Instagram account from which the entry is submitted. Authorized Account Holder means the natural person to whom the email address or Instagram account is registered. Any entrant or potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to Sponsor's satisfaction. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Released Parties are not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest. By participating in the Contest, you (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the Contest Administrator, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any factor beyond Sponsor's reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor. If, for any reason, the Contest cannot be run as planned, Sponsor may disqualify any suspect entries or individuals from the Contest and any contest it sponsors and (a) suspend the Contest and modify the Contest to address the impairment, then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; and/or (b) award the prizes from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment using the winner determination procedure set forth above and/or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor.
THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF THIS CONTEST CANNOT BE ADMINISTERED OR CONDUCTED OR ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS RESULTING OR ARISING FROM ACTS OF GOD, WAR, OR TERRORISM, CIVIL UNREST, STRIKES, SUPPLY SHORTAGES, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, EPIDEMICS, PANDEMICS, COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, STATE EMERGENCY ACTIONS, COMPLIANCE WITH ANY LAW OR ORDER OF A GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY, OR ANY OTHER SIMILAR ACT, EVENT, OR OCCURRENCE BEYOND THE REASONABLE CONTROL OF THE SPONSOR. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, OR TO PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SUCH SITE, AS APPLICABLE. FURTHER, SPONSOR SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, DIVERSIONS, CHANGES IN SERVICE OR ACCOMMODATIONS OR SUBSTITUTIONS, OR FOR ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS BY ANY THIRD PARTIES BEYOND ITS REASONABLE CONTROL, INCLUDING AIR CARRIER(S) AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES; LODGING, RESTAURANT OR OTHER HOSPITALITY PROVIDERS; ENTERTAINMENT PROVIDERS, VENUES OR ARTISTS; OR OTHER THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS SUPPLYING ANY SERVICES OR COMPONENTS OF THE PRIZE(S) TO WINNER AND/OR THEIR GUESTS, OR FOR ANY RESULTING INJURIES, INCLUDING MONEY DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES, PROPERTY DAMAGES, PERSONAL INJURIES OR DEATH RESULTING THEREFROM.
LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE THIS WEB SITE OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
GOVERNING LAW AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants, Sponsor or the Released Parties in connection with the Contest will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New Jersey, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other laws.
BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (A) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (B) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED (IF ANY) NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS' FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (C) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (D) ENTRANTS' REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND ENTRANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
DISPUTES: The parties hereto each agree to finally settle all disputes only through arbitration; provided, however, the Released Parties shall be entitled to seek injunctive or equitable relief in the state and federal courts in Warren County, NJ and any other court with jurisdiction over the parties. In arbitration, there is no judge or jury, and review is limited. The arbitrator's decision and award are final and binding, with limited exceptions, and judgment on the award may be entered in any court with jurisdiction. The parties agree that, except as set forth above, any claim, suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Contest shall be resolved solely by binding arbitration before a sole arbitrator under the streamlined Arbitration Rules Procedures of JAMS Inc. ("JAMS") or any successor to JAMS. In the event JAMS is unwilling or unable to set a hearing date within fourteen (14) days of the filing of a “Demand for Arbitration”, then either party can elect to have the arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) or any other mutually agreeable arbitration administration service. If an in-person hearing is required, then it will take place in Hackettstown, NJ. The federal or state law that applies to these Official Rules will also apply during the arbitration. Disputes will be arbitrated only on an individual basis and will not be consolidated with any other proceedings that involve any claims or controversy of another party, including any class actions; provided, however, if for any reason any court or arbitrator holds that this restriction is unconscionable or unenforceable, then the agreement to arbitrate doesn’t apply and the dispute must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in Hackettstown, NJ. Sponsor agrees to pay the administrative and arbitrator's fees in order to conduct the arbitration (but specifically excluding any travel or other costs of entrant to attend the arbitration hearing). Either party may, notwithstanding this provision, bring qualifying claims in small claims court.
OFFICIAL RULES REQUEST: To request a copy of the Official Rules, see http://instagrants.dovechocolate.com/ or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 14 2021, to: Dove Chocolate InstaGrants Contest Official Rules Request, PO Box 654, Social Circle, GA 30025-654.
WINNER CONFIRMATION REQUEST: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after 12/14/21), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than 01/11/22), to: Dove Chocolate InstaGrants Contest Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 654, Social Circle, GA 30025-654.
SPONSOR: Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC, 800 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840.
ADMINISTRATOR: US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Company, 625 Panorama Trail, Suite 2100, Rochester, NY 14625. 1-800-620-6044
Void outside the US, in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and wherever else prohibited by law.
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Start:November 01, 2021 @ 12:00 am (US/Eastern)
End:November 20, 2021 @ 12:00 am (US/Eastern)
Start:November 01, 2021 @ 12:00 am (US/Eastern)
End:November 20, 2021 @ 12:00 am (US/Eastern)