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


2014  
Oct 30

Phase 1 - Big iDeas Application Deadline
Oct 31 Phase 1 - Big iDeas Pitch Contest 
Nov 7 CUBE Friday: Make a DENT in the UNIVERSE
Nov 14
CUBE Friday: Nuts, Bolts, and Business Modeling
Nov 21 CUBE Friday: Building your Business Plan
   
2015
Jan 15
   
Phase 2 - Big iDeas Business Plan Application opens
Jan 25

Phase 2 - Big iDeas Business Plan Application Deadline 
Jan
27-30 
Engaged Learning Week

Jan 30



Phase 1 - Big iDeas Symposium
Phase 2 - Big iDeas Business Plan Competition
EL Week - CUBE Open House
May 1

Phase 3- Big iDeas Business Plan, Continued Symposium
Oct 15
Phase 1 - Big iDeas Application opens
Oct 25



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


Phase 1 - Big iDeas Symposium
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 - Thursday, 3 - 9 pm
  • Friday, 1 - 5 pm
    (other times upon request)
Bring your valid SMU ID needed for entry at all times. For entry into Expressway Tower after 7 pm, call 214-768-4788 to be met at the door.

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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.

Fall 2014 Line-Up:

Oct 17 TEDx Coaching
Nov 7 Make a DENT in the UNIVERSE
Nov 14
Nuts, Bolts, and Business Modeling
Nov 21 Building your Business Plan