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Big iDeas

Do you think BIG?

Do your ideas bring value to society?
Are they viable and sustainable?
Can you make them happen?

Big iDeas has contests and big bucks for students like you!

Who's it for?

Big iDeas is for undergraduates of all majors.

Students work in teams and one member is the principal investigator (PI). The PI must be a SMU undergraduate for the duration of the funding phase.

Here's how it works

Develop your idea. Form the team you need to make it happen. Submit your idea to a Big iDeas contest. Pitch it. Win money. Make it happen.

What are the Big iDeas pitch contests?

Big iDeas Pitch Contest: Get your idea off the ground. Pitch it for a chance at $1000 seed money and three months to build a prototype or pilot program.
Big iDeas Business Plan Competition: Turn your prototype or pilot into a business plan. Pitch it to a panel of business experts for $5000 and one year to get it started.




Sep 11-18

Learn How to Start your own Business in four 1-hr sessions
Sep 11
  1. What's your business model?
    2:30 pm, CUBE

  2. Will you make money?
    4:00 pm, CUBE
Sep 18
  1. What's your plan?
    2:30 pm, CUBE

  2. Will they come back?
    4:00 pm, CUBE
Sep 25 Pitching Like a Pro
3:00 pm, CUBE
Oct 23 Pitching Like a Pro
3:00 pm, CUBE
Oct 29 Big iDeas pitch ideas due
5:00 pm
Oct 30 Big iDeas Pitch Contest
2:00-5:00 pm, HT Forum
Nov 6 What's a Big iDeas Business Plan
3:00 pm, CUBE
Nov 13-20 Learn How to Write your Business Plan in four 1-hr sessions
Jan 22 Pitching Like a Pro
3:00 pm, CUBE
Jan 25 Business Plans due 5:00 pm
Jan 29 Big iDeas Demo Day
Expressway Tower
12:00-1:30 pm, Lobby
-Business Plan Competition
2:00-3:00 pm, CUBE
Mar 18 Big iDeas Business Plan winners tell their stories 
3:00 pm, CUBE


University Curriculum Credit



The CUBE is SMU's entrepreneurship go-to space, run by students for students.

The CUBE is where ideas happen, an idea and small business incubator. It has furnished studio space and break-out rooms.

CUBE Fridays are recurring events to help students on their journey from idea to innovation to entrepreneur-land. The events include mini-workshops, crash courses and access to experts in the field. 

CUBE Student Group

To get more involved with the CUBE, share your interests and skillset with like-minded students, and be a part of the vibe, join the CUBE student group. 

VIEW WEBSITE - SMU CUBE: Your Ideas.Cubed.

CUBE Location

The CUBE is housed in Expressway Tower, Suite 600, 6116 N Central Expressway and open anytime upon request.