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    The Big Idea

    The Big Idea is an annual business pitch competition in which student teams from Colorado College compete for seed funding to develop their ideas. Entries for The Big Idea can take a variety of forms, and can include for-profit businesses, nonprofits, or social enterprises.  Student teams compete in front of a panel of judges in the semi-final round for four spots in The Big Idea final event. At the final event each February, the teams pitch their ideas to an audience comprising the CC community and local entrepreneurs. Each team receives $7,500 to develop their ideas.

    Email Kara Carroll, Creativity & Innovation at CC's Administrative Assistant, at kcarroll@coloradocollege.edu if you have questions or would like to discuss your idea.  

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    The Big Idea Finale 2020

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    Thursday, Feb. 27, was the finale to the Big Idea 2020. Four finalist teams took to the stage in celebration of their awards of $7,500.

     
    The finalists of the Big Idea 2020 were Geek Girl, Journalista, MemorMe, and Infinite Chemistry.
    All teams had ideas focused on social and educational innovation and Creativity & Innovation is excited to see their projects grow!

    Journalista

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    Independent journalism is fundamental to healthy democracies and thriving communities. Journalista is a community marketplace platform connecting journalists directly with readers in order to promote the ideals of robust local reporting and ethical journalism.    

    Noah Weeks ’20, Benedict Wright ’20, Kobi Bhattacharyya ’20

    GeekGirl

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    Geek Girl works to close the gender gap in technology by identifying young girls who have taken an interest in computer science and providing them with mentorship opportunities to help maintain their enthusiasm for technology.


    Lauren Weiss ’21, Melissa LaFehr ’20, Sara Hanahan ’21, Maddi Schink ’23

    MemorMe

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    Given the diversity of the human experience, objects are rarely ever strictly utilitarian — they are homes for our memories and feelings. MemorMe is an app that uses psychological reassociation to ensure that these memories outlive their physical shells by providing them with a new digital home.

    Tony Mastromarino ’23, Saigopal Rangaraj ’23, James Dollard ’22

    Infinite Chemistry

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    Infinite Chemistry is a software that allows users to import molecules from any online chemical database and manipulate them in virtual reality (VR). Users can rotate molecules, get data on the molecules’ symmetry, and observe molecules interacting and reacting in real time. 

    Prakhar Gautam ’20, Paul Price ’20, Cameron MacDonald ’20, Tian Lee ’20, Pietro Giacomin ’20

    Past Winners

    Chica Chocolate

    Chica Chocolate won the Big Idea in 2018 and they are presently based in Boulder. They make an herbal-infused chocolate to support balanced hormones and an easier period through natural ingredients. They are continuing to grow their product offerings and have significantly increased their customer base since last year.

    Raw Sauce

    Raw Sauce won third place in the Big Idea in 2018 and have launched their brand in the Bay Area. They make an organic fermented hot sauce that is sustainably farmed and crafted.

    Momentix

    Momentix won the Big Idea in 2019 and are based in Denver. They make toy kits that use chain reactions to teach critical engineering and design skills to kids. They just recently finished their first Kickstarter to move their prototype closer to manufacturing.