Big iDeas

Big iDeas

Calling all BIG IDEA thinkers! Want to change the world?

Do your ideas make something better? Bring value to or for society? Are they viable? Are you ready to go from idea to reality?

If YES, Big iDeas pitch contests, seed money, training sessions, mentoring, and CUBE access is for you!

Big iDeas believes that entrepreneurship training and experience unlock the intelligence and potential that shape world changers, that shape you!

Who's it for?

for undergraduate students of all majors and all GPAs

Students form teams, ideally talented cross-disciplinary teams. The leader acts as the principal investigator (PI). The PI must be a SMU undergraduate for the duration of the funding phase. Graduate students and others may serve as advisors to the teams.

Find out how it works, how to apply, and meet the staff.

NEWS FLASH!  Brandon Cohanim, winner of the 2016 Big iDeas Pitch Contest, welcomes you to eat at Pōk, his raw bar in Uptown Dallas.LEARN MORE

Pitch Contest

Sep 22, 2017: 2 - 5 pm, HT Forum

Annual campus-wide Big iDeas Pitch Contest for students, individual or in teams, to pitch their big ideas for a chance to win $1000 in prize money to spend toward building a prototype of their idea over the next four months. Pitch winners participate in the Demo Day Fair in February 2018, showcasing their prototypes.

The Pitch Contest funding phase begins upon confirmation of the prize and closes on Dec 15, 2017.


Demo Day Fair

Feb 9, 2018: 12 pm - 1:30 pm, Expressway Tower Lobby

Annual Big iDeas Demo Day Fair, open to the SMU community and the public, showcases students who have won the previous Big iDeas Pitch Contest (Sep 2017) and the previous Business Plan Competition (Feb 2018). Students talk about their Big iDeas prototypes, pilots, and other work accomplished. Big iDeas Business Plan winners announced at the end of the fair.


Business Plan Competition

Feb 9, 2018: 9 am - 12 pm, CUBE

Annual campus-wide Big iDeas Business Plan Competition for student teams to pitch their businesses for a chance to win $5000 in prize money to get their business started over the next year. Business Plan winners participate in the Demo Day fair in February 2019, showcasing the progress made in their start-up.

The Business Plan Competition funding phase begins upon confirmation of the prize and closes on Dec 15, 2018.


BI Calendar 2017-2018

Sep 20  Pitch Contest Application Deadline 
Sep 22

Big iDeas Pitch Contest
2-5 pm
Hughes-Trigg Forum

Dec 15  Big iDeas Funding Phase Closes 

Feb 9



Big iDeas Demo Day:
Business Plan Competition
Winners Announced
9 am-1:30 pm 
Expwy Tower Lobby and CUBE



Earn University Curriculum Credit

Big iDeas Pitch Contest participation counts towards Community Engagement and Oral Communication in the University Curriculum.

Big iDeas Business Plan participation counts towards Oral Communication, Community Engagement, and Writing.