Big iDeas

Big iDeas Events

Big iDeas supports the incubation of ideas and development of entrepreneurial enterprises by SMU undergraduates.


Big iDeas Pitch Contest (September): 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. Show it to the campus at the Demo Day fair. 

Big iDeas Business Plan Competition (February): Turn your prototype or pilot into a business plan. Pitch it to a panel of business experts for $5000 in start-up funds. After twelve months, show your progress at the Demo Day fair. 

Demo Day

The Demo Day Fair (February)is when current and past Big iDeas winning students showcase their innovative prototypes or student businesses for the SMU and larger communities. It is a wonderful opportunity, open to all, for students to meet successful entrepreneurs, business owners, alumni, investors and others. And the Big iDeas Business Plan winners are announced at the fair.

E-Launch Series

Big iDeas Coordinates a FREE series of workshops and guest speakers to guide you in the creation of your idea. Topics include

  • Ideation
  • Building a Pitch
  • Pitch Practice
  • Canvas & Market Research
  • Prototyping
  • Funding & Reimbursements

Timetable of Big iDeas Dates and Deadlines


Aug. 25 - Sept. 16

Apply to Big iDeas during annual application cycle - by 11:59pm.

Sept. 25 

Big iDeas Pitch Contest winners announced


Build prototype or pilot project over next 3 months. 
May also choose to develop big idea as a business plan.

FEB 13

Present results at Demo Day fair. Stop or continue to Big iDeas Business Plan.



Apply to Big iDeas Business Plan Competition by 11:59 pm on this date.

FEB 13

Pitch Big iDeas Business Plan for $5000 and one year to launch business.

FEB this year to JAN next year

Launch business with $5000 in start-up funds.

Early Spring Semester 2022

Present results at next year's Demo Day fair. Stop or compete for continued funding in the next Big iDeas Business Plan Competition.

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