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Big iDeas


Do you think BIG? Looking for a chance to show your innovative or entrepreneurial side?

Big iDeas has big bucks for students like you! 

Do you have a big idea that brings value to society, is viable and sustainable?

Big iDeas will help you realize it.

Here's how it works


Big iDeas is open to undergraduates of all majors, willing to work in teams. It involves a founding team with a principal investigator (PI). The PI must be an undergraduate for the duration of the project phase.

Big iDeas has three phases:

Phase 1 - Big iDeas: Get your idea off the ground. Pitch it for a chance at seed money to build a prototype or pilot program.
 
Phase 2 - Big iDeas Business Plan: Turn your prototype or pilot into a business plan. Pitch it to a panel of business experts for serious money to get it started.
 
Phase 3 - Big iDeas Business Plan, Continued: Get additional funding. Pitch a refined business plan that shows growth, sustainability and impact.

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Engaged Learning Programs

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Calendar


2015    


Mar 2-6  Dallas Startup Week 
Mar 20
 
CUBE Friday: Intellectual Property,
Trademarks & Copyrights 
Mar 25

 
Stars of Shark Tank:
Cousins Maine Lobster Food truck comes to campus
Mar 27  CUBE Friday: Non-Profit Stories 
Apr 10
CUBE Friday: Market Research Tips 
Apr 24
CUBE Friday: Social Media Marketing 
Oct 15
Phase 3 - Big iDeas Application opens
Oct 25


Phase 1 - Big iDeas Application opens
Phase 3 - Big iDeas Business Plan, Continued Deadline
Oct 30




Phase 1 - Big iDeas Pitch Contest
Phase 2 - Big iDeas
Demo Day
Phase 3 - Big iDeas Business Plan, Continued Pitch for additional funding


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The CUBE


Bring your ideas! Bring your plans!

The CUBE is an idea and small business incubator, with a furnished creativity studio space, break-out rooms and wifi.

Bring your laptops!

The CUBE is located in Expressway Tower, Suite 600, 6116 N Central Expressway, and open:
  • Monday - Friday, 2 - 5 pm
  • Any other times upon request
Bring your valid SMU ID needed for entry at all times.

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CUBE Fridays


CUBE Fridays are a recurring events with mini-workshops, talks, and other resources for students working on Big iDeas, CGI U, Engaged Learning and other creative community projects.

Spring 2015 Line-Up:

Feb 6 Makerspaces
Feb 13 Female Entrepreneurs
Feb 20 Dreamcatcher Happy Hour
Feb 27 Social Entrepreneurship
Mar 20

Intellectual Property,
Trademarks & Copyrights 
Mar 27  Non-Profit Stories
Apr 10  Market Research Tips
Apr 24  Social Media Marketing 

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