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    The Big Idea

    The Big Idea is a pitch competition where student teams from Colorado College have the opportunity to compete for up to $25,000 in seed funding. It occurs annually in 5th block. The competition follows a traditional business-pitch format, but entries can take a variety of forms including a for-profit business, nonprofit, or social enterprise. Student-led initiatives should focus on innovation, and can range from technological innovation to social and cultural innovation. 


    Please check eligibility requirements, including minimum team size, before entering.


    The 2018-2019 Big Idea competition final event took place February 7, 2019. Registration for the 2020 Big Idea will occur in December of 2019. Last year's registration timeline is available to read: 2018-2019 registration details.

    The Big-Idea Dynamic Half-Block

    Although not required, teams are highly encouraged to complete the Big Idea Half-Block class. This Half-Block is an opportunity for student teams to consult with experts, and to hone ideas through iteration. Topics such as: core value proposition and alignment with your target population/market; burning match pitch; executive summary; and pitch deck and startup model will be discussed. 

    Required Materials

    Teams must submit four documents to participate in the semi-final round of the big idea. These application materials for the 2018-2019 are available for viewing, and are be work-shopped in-depth during the Big Idea half-block. Teams will also be given the opportunity to have their materials reviewed and receive feedback prior to the late January due date.

    Email Aabhusan Khadka, Innovation paraprof and Big Idea Organizer, at if you have questions or would like to discuss your idea.