Big iDeas Competition Winners

 

2019 Pitch Competition Winners

College +


Curly Solutions

Cusp

 

Seun Suberu (’23) is building an app to help high school students search for colleges, reducing stress and easing the transition to college.

Mona El-Gharby (’21) is developing products for curly hair that inspire users, raise confidence, and connect them to a larger community.

Eric Petsche (’20) is creating an app to provide creative professionals with a platform through which they may network and collaborate.

DeepEnergy


EZ-Tutor

The Gambia Electrification Project

Austin Hickle (’22) is building an innovative battery and making compressed air energy more accessible for consumers.

Maren Hess (’22) is building an app and service to connect students to peers from within their school who are able to tutor and support.

Mohammed Njie (’21) is creating a social enterprise to tackle the high energy demands of Gambia and bring clean and sustainable energy sources to the nation.

GreenerLife


Hands

One for All Theater

            

Taylor Slaton (’20) and Ceydan Kaya (’20) are developing an app to help the average consumer track their waste consumption over a day.

Josh Lauer (’20) is creating a haptic-glove to enhance the experience of extended reality.

Ben Stegmair (’21) is building a platform to help students hone their acting skills and bringing affordable theater to diverse citizens of the DFW area.

The Playground Acting Program


Rock Strap

Sweetie, Take Care of Yourself

        

Alysia Giakoumas (’21) is creating a children’s life-skills program taught through the art of acting.

Drew Schindler (’21) is creating an innovative and simple solution to the problems associated with cello rock stops.

Brinn Bailey (’21) is developing a personal care product line and spreading awareness of mental health, especially among black women

Treeology

Vuzag

We the Students

        

Surya Ramakrishnan (’22) is building a company to reduce single-use plastics and promote greener thinking.

Jalen Lynch (’20) is creating an app to socially connect the world’s information and connect communities like never before.

Lamisa Mustafa (’21) is creating a first-of-its-kind community symposium created by, of, and for undergraduate student-activists from colleges across North Texas.


2019 Business Plan Winners

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EZTUTOR



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GIVE A PENCIL


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I WANT THE REAL

EZTUTOR
Aryan Bhatnagar '22 is developing a peer-tutoring platform, connecting those in need of assistance to tutors from the same high-school.
GIVE A PENCIL
Sanaa Ghanim '19 is creating a website where the local community can purchase and donate school supplies to students in need at low-income DFW public schools.

I WANT THE REAL
Dana Giles '20 is developing an online platform dedicated to producing provocative, yet necessary content surrounding mental health and ‘taboo topics’ such as drugs, alcohol, depression, anxiety, and identity.

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ADVISING AI



 

Advising AI
Momin Irfan '19 is building an app to automate 4-year plan creation, allowing students to have more student-advisor interaction and see exactly what they need to do to graduate on time. 

 

 

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2018 Pitch Contest Winners

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GETSEXED!



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GREEN BOOK


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SAVING LIVES, IMMOBILIZING CANCER

GETSEXED!
Averie Bishop '19 is creating a 9-Part Sexual Education Curriculum for YouTube. She will be providing comprehensive, medically-accurate sexual education for women of color.
GREEN BOOK
Belle Campbell '21 and her team will print college papers for - and by - persons of color.

SAVING LIVES, IMMOBILIZING CANCER
Kaitlyn Contreras '20 is constructing a home pre-screening kit for cervical cancer.

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GIVE ME A PENCIL AND I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD


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ADVISING AI


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EXTENDING A HAND TO VR


GIVE ME A PENCIL AND I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD
Sanaa Ghanim '19 is creating a website where the local community can purchase and donate school supplies to students in need at low-income DFW public schools.
ADVISING AI
Momin Irfan '19 is building an app to automate 4-year plan creation, allowing students to have more student-advisor interaction and see exactly what they need to do to graduate on time. 

EXTENDING A HAND TO VR
Joshua Lauer '20 is building a glove to allow people to use their own hands in Virtual Reality, rather than unfamiliar controllers. This, in turn, will provide a more immersive experience for the players.

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CARD



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UNIfy/US


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THE PACK


CARD
Billy LoBue '21 is designing an app to access, organize, and manage contacts, removing the need for business cards.
UNIfy/US
Abigail Peterson '21 will create an app to connect students with other students on campus, such as upper-classman, those with similar interests, and clubs and organizations. 


THE PACK
Alanis Quintero '19 and her team will build an app to connect new college graduates and new city residents with others through their interests in wellness and sports.

2018 Business Plan Competition Winners

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JUST DRIVE


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SIGNO CAPITAL

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SPOT


JUST DRIVE
Neha Husein '19 is designing an app that awards points and incentives to drivers to stop texting.
SIGNO CAPITAL
Alex Williams '21, through the crypto market, will help you thoughtfully, intelligently, and safely invest your money and grow your wealth.

SPOT
Alex Martin '21 and his team are going to build an exclusive site for SMU student to safely buy and sell goods and services.

2017 Pitch Contest Winners

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BLVD BICYCLE PROJECT



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SMU ROBOTICS CLUB


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DALLAS COMMUNITY BAIL FUND


BLVD BICYCLE PROJECT
Ryan Bostick '18 will bring a shared bicycle transportation to SMU students after completing a swipe-to-unlock system.
SMU ROBOTICS CLUB
Jaime Diez '19 is developing an approach to teach middle school students engineering and problem-solving skills through robotics.

DALLAS COMMUNITY BAIL FUND
Greg Guggenmos's '19 program will ensure that bail and justice for all exists for even the needy citizens of Dallas. 

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JUST DRIVE



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FORUST


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SPOT


JUST DRIVE
Neha Husein '19 is designing an app that awards points and incentives to drivers to stop texting.
FORUST
Visakh Madathil '20 is creating a social impact network to improve our community by connecting how social organizations connect, communicate, and effectively use their resources.

SPOT
Alex Martin '21 and his team are going to build an exclusive site for SMU student to safely buy and sell goods and services.

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THE HAPPY INSTITUTE



Meet 
SIGNO CAPITAL

THE HAPPY INSTITUTE
Kaya Reingold '20 is scaling her program to increase kindness, compassion, and empathy to improve the world in which we live.
SIGNO CAPITAL
Alex Williams '21, through the crypto market, will help you thoughtfully, intelligently, and safely invest your money and grow your wealth.