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?

How can Big iDeas take you to the next level?

  • Entrepreneurship training
  • Mentoring
  • Contests & Seed Money
  • Works space at the SMU Incubator

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.



Pitch Contest

October 4, 2019: 2-5 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.

The Pitch Contest funding phase begins upon winner confirmation and closes on Jan 30, 2020.


Business Plan Competition

Feb 14, 2020: 9:00 am - 11:00 am; TBD

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

Oct 22, 23, 29

 E-Launch: Prototyping

with Alyssa Phillips and Seth Orsborn

DIG, Caruth Hall, 4-5 pm (Oct 22), 5-6 pm (Oct 23, 29)

Oct 29  Cox Business Library: Demographics and Consumer Research Workshop 
Nov 14  E-Launch: Business Plan
Nov 19 Cox Business Library: Entrepreneurship and Market Research Workshop
Feb 14 Big iDeas Demo Day & Business Plan Competition