How To Apply

Big iDeas Pitch Contest

October 4, 2019

Pitch your big idea and win $1000 to make it happen! The first 25 applicants get in. Applicant 26 and higher are placed on a waiting list in the order of submission.

Winners must be undergraduates for the duration of the Big iDeas Pitch phase, from contest to Demo Fair Day on Friday Feb 14, 2020.

7 Easy Steps to Apply, Pitch and Win!

  1. Review the following contest documents. They will help you understand the contest expectations.
  2. Apply online by Wednesday, October 2, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m.
  3. Monitor your "@smu.edu" email on Thursday, October 3 to know if you got in and are cleared to pitch on Friday, October 4, 2019.

    PITCH CONTESTANTS AND WAITLISTERS
  4. Practice your pitch! You have 90-seconds to convince the judges that your idea is BIG. Check out this document, Words of Advice on Pitching an Idea.
  5. Arrive at the Collins Center between 1:30 and 1:45 pm to register and get in line. No-shows will be replaced by contestants from the waiting list.
  6. Wait outside in the lobby until your name is called by the judges. Pitch your designated time.
  7. Remain in the Forum as an audience member after your pitch. There will be a break during the judge's deliberation. Be sure to be back in the audience by 4:30 for the announcements by the judges. All pitches deemed BIG by the judges, win!

WINNERS

  • Set up an appointment for Big iDeas orientation (to be held in the Engaged Learning Office, Clements Hall G-1).
  • Design and build a prototype of your idea. You will show the SMU community your idea at the Big iDeas Demo Day Fair on February 14, 2020.
  • Award reimbursements are due by Demo Day. Please see this document for guidelines

Apply Now

Questions?

Drop us a note at bigideas@smu.edu.

Big iDeas Business Plan Competition

February 14, 2020

  • 9:30am - 12pm, Business Plan Competition, Texana Room Fondren

Open to undergraduates, the first top 15 applicants with business ideas that bring value to society, for profit or not-for-profit, get in. Applicant 16 and higher are placed on a waiting list in order of submission.

Steps to Apply, Pitch and Win!

  1. Review these documents now to help you understand the competition expectations.
  2. Develop your business ideas. Write up a business plan and funding request.
  3. Practice your pitch. 
  4. Apply now! Application deadline is Sunday, February 9, no later than 11:59 pm. You will find out if you are in by 5 pm on the following Monday. 
  5. Arrive at the Texana Room between 8:45 and 9:15 am to register and get in line. No-shows will be replaced by contestants from the waiting list.
  6. Wait outside in the lobby until your name is called by the judges. Pitch your designated time.
  7. After your pitch, remain in the audience or attend the "Demo Day" Fair. Winners will be announced around 1pm at the fair.

WINNERS

You'll have one year and $5,000 to build your startup with the help & support of SMU's Big iDeas team. You'll have 24/7 access to the SMU Incubator in suite 700 of Expressway Tower, a co-working space exclusively for Big iDeas students. At the end of the year, you can re-apply to pitch for another $5,000 if you are still an undergraduate. 

Award Reimbursements requests are due before the date that you graduate from SMU. Please see this document for guidelines.

 

Apply Now

Questions?

Drop us a note at bigideas@smu.edu.