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 .
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
||Engaged Learning/Big iDeas Workshop: Presentation & Pitch Practice with Peers and Dr. Jake Batsell. 2-3:30 pm. Clements G11
||Business Plan Competition, 2018 Application Due, 11:59 PM
||CUBE: Pitch Party with your Big iDeas Team
Big iDeas Demo Day:
Business Plan Competition, 9-11 am. Texana Room, Fondren Library
Fair, 11:30 am - 1 pm. Starbucks, Fondren Library
Winners announced during Demo Day
||Cube Friday: Winners Circle
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.