Big iDeas

Big iDeas

Calling all BIG iDEA thinkers!

Do you have world changing ideas? Would your ideas make something better or bring value to society? Are your ideas viable and will they bring positive impact to others? Are you ready to go from idea - to action - to reality?

Then the Big iDeas contests, seed money, training, mentoring and CUBE access are for you! Scroll down to learn more.

Big iDeas believes that entrepreneurship training and experience will unlock the intelligence and potential to shape world changers - and the world changer is you!

Who's it for?

For undergraduate students of all majors and all GPAs.

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

NEWS FLASH! Congratulations Big iDea Pitch Winners (Listed by Principal Investigator): BLVD Bicycle Project by Ryan Bostick; SMU Robotics Club by Jaime Diez; Dallas Community Bail Fund by Gregory Guggenmos, Just Drive by Neha Husein, ForUst by Visakh Madathil, SPOT by Alex Martin; The Townhall Project by Geetsikha Pathak; The Happy Institute by Kaya Reingold, Signo Capital by Alex Williams, Alternative Website Monetization by Luke Wood .

Pitch Contest

Sep 22, 2017: 2 - 5 pm, HT Forum

Annual campus-wide Big iDeas Pitch Contest for undergraduates to pitch Big iDeas, win $1000 in prize money, build a prototype and participate in the Demo Day Fair in February 2018.

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


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 plans and win $5000 in prize money to get their business started over the next year. 2018 Big iDeas Business Plan winners showcase thier start-up at the the Demo Day Fair, February 2019.

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


Demo Day Fair

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

Annual Big iDeas Demo Day Fair  is open to the SMU community and public. Recent Big iDeas Pitch contest winners (Sep 2017) talk about thier prototypes, pilots and other work accomplished. 2017 Business Plan Competition winners showcase progress in thier start-up and the 2018 Big iDeas Business Plan winners are announced.


BI Calendar 2017-2018

Sep 29

Tsai Center:
Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property
Dedman Law School - Hillcrest Auditorium
8:30 am - 4:45 pm; of special interest: 9:30 am - What Drives Innovation?
Free for all SMU students.

Oct 17
GSEA Regional Competition
1 pm, Victory Arts Center 

Oct 20

CUBE Friday Bootcamp:
Simon says - "Yes, You Can Start A Business" - Part 1
by Professor Simon Mak
Caruth Center for Entrepreneurship, Cox School of Business
3 - 4:30 pm, CUBE

Oct 27

CUBE Friday Bootcamp:
Simon says - "Yes, You Can Start A Business" - Part 2
3 - 4:30 pm, CUBE
Nov 10

CUBE Friday: How to Write a Business Plan - Part 1
by Ndaba Mdhlongwa, CEO
Business Plan Solutions
3 - 4:30 pm, CUBE 

Nov 17

CUBE Friday: How to Write a Business Plan - Part 2
3 - 4:30 pm, CUBE 
Dec 15  Big iDeas 2017 Business Plan funding phase closes; all receipts due by 5 pm
Jan 26 CUBE Friday: Pitch Party
Feb 2 CUBE Friday: Pitch Party

Feb 9

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

Feb 15  Cube Friday: TBA
Feb 23 Cube Friday: TBA
Mar 2 Cube Friday: TBA
Mar 23

Cube Friday: Party with Dallas Entrepreneurs
3 - 4:30 pm


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.