Big iDeas

What is your Big iDea?

  • Do you have world changing ideas?
  • Would your ideas make something better?
  • Would your ideas bring positive impact to others?
  • Are you ready to go from idea - to action - to reality?

What is Big iDeas?

The mission of Big iDeas at SMU is to inspire and empower students to think big, to be aspirational and innovative, and to make viable, sustainable ventures that provide value to society. 

Who's it for?

For undergraduate students of all majors and all GPAs.

Find out about:

News Flash!
Two SMU student teams won the Safe Schools Grant from RevTech Ventures. Congratulations to our WINNERS! Read about their ideas for safely getting back on campus here.

Pitch Contest

September 25, 2020: 5:30 pm, Collins Center

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 2020.

Applications open on August 25, 2020. We will select the qualifying round by September 16.

The Pitch Contest funding phase begins upon winner confirmation and closes on Jan 31, 2021.


Business Plan Competition

Feb 14, 2020: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm; Texana Room, Fondren Library

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.

The Business Plan Competition funding phase begins upon winner confirmation and closes 1 year after awarded or upon graduation (whatever happens first)


Demo Day Fair

Feb 14, 2020: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm; Starbucks, Fondren Library

Annual Big iDeas Demo Day Fair  is open to the SMU community and public. Big iDeas Pitch contest winners talk about their prototypes, pilots and other work accomplished. Former Business Plan Competition winners showcase progress in their start-up and the New Big iDeas Business Plan winners are announced.


BI Calendar 2019-2020

Feb4 E-Launch Workshop: Building a Pitch w/Kim Commerato, 4-6pm, Incubator
Feb 10-13 Pitch Practice (by appointment) - w/Big iDeas team
Feb 14 Big iDeas Demo Day & Business Plan Competition