BIG Idea Competition

Ages:High School

Types:Submission, Presentation

Categories:Business, Entrepreneurship

Scope:National

Registration

Entry Fee: $0

Students must create a student account at www.bigideasd.com to compete in the competition.  If teachers/advisors are working with the students, they too should create an advisor account to connect with and track student activity and access resources.

Contact

Kelly Weaver
kelly@growsd.org

As a young entrepreneur, what business would you start in your world to make it a better place to live? Think about problems you hear about in today’s news or problems that you personally experience. What business can you create to solve those problems? How can you use technology to solve those problems? Put your best business idea forward and compete for cash prizes and scholarships in the BIG Idea Competition – around $50,000 to be awarded!

This competition, launched in 2007, was created through the collaborative efforts of many organizations in South Dakota. This competition is about exposing youth to new ideas and innovation in the hopes that you will view entrepreneurship as an option for your future. Rather than leaving the region to look for a job, you can have the confidence to create your own opportunities close to home and know that there is support for you should you choose to do so. Homegrown businesses are key to the success of our rural communities. In 2022, a virtual competition was added for entries from students outside of South Dakota.

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To promote entrepreneurship, spur creative thinking, and encourage students to start a business.

  • A business idea competition for high school students
  • A 1,075-word description of a business idea
  • An optional Marketing Design competition which includes an ad for their idea
  • An opportunity to learn about business concepts and entrepreneurship
  • A chance to win a share of nearly $50,000 in cash and scholarships
Further opportunities include the ability to compete in Marketing Design, Wellness, Agriculture Innovation*, Hometown Business* and Makers Categories. * Only open to South Dakota students.

Entries are submitted online and judged based on following categories - Overview, Product or Service, Market Opportunity, Competition, and Management & Operations. There are several questions presented for each section in the entry form which is the basis for judging.
Big Idea Competition Award

Individual Award.

Cash and scholarship awards range from $100 to $2,500 per award, with opportunities for school/advisor awards, and special category awards. Up to $35,000 award each year.

Website: https://bigideasd.com/

Managing Organization: BIG IDea Inc.

Contact:
Kelly Weaver
kelly@growsd.org

Eligibility:
Any high school student currently enrolled in a US public, private or home school may submit a business idea entry. Ideas may also be submitted by a team of students (up to three students per team). A student (individually or as part of a team) may create as many entries as they wish as long as each business idea is different.

Registration Opens: September 1, 2023

Registration Closes: November 1, 2023

Overview

As a young entrepreneur, what business would you start in your world to make it a better place to live? Think about problems you hear about in today’s news or problems that you personally experience. What business can you create to solve those problems? How can you use technology to solve those problems? Put your best business idea forward and compete for cash prizes and scholarships in the BIG Idea Competition – around $50,000 to be awarded!

This competition, launched in 2007, was created through the collaborative efforts of many organizations in South Dakota. This competition is about exposing youth to new ideas and innovation in the hopes that you will view entrepreneurship as an option for your future. Rather than leaving the region to look for a job, you can have the confidence to create your own opportunities close to home and know that there is support for you should you choose to do so. Homegrown businesses are key to the success of our rural communities. In 2022, a virtual competition was added for entries from students outside of South Dakota.

Process

To promote entrepreneurship, spur creative thinking, and encourage students to start a business.
  • A business idea competition for high school students
  • A 1,075-word description of a business idea
  • An optional Marketing Design competition which includes an ad for their idea
  • An opportunity to learn about business concepts and entrepreneurship
  • A chance to win a share of nearly $50,000 in cash and scholarships
Further opportunities include the ability to compete in Marketing Design, Wellness, Agriculture Innovation*, Hometown Business* and Makers Categories. * Only open to South Dakota students.

Criteria

Entries are submitted online and judged based on following categories - Overview, Product or Service, Market Opportunity, Competition, and Management & Operations. There are several questions presented for each section in the entry form which is the basis for judging.

Awards

Big Idea Competition Award

Individual Award.

Cash and scholarship awards range from $100 to $2,500 per award, with opportunities for school/advisor awards, and special category awards. Up to $35,000 award each year.

Participate

Website: https://bigideasd.com/

Managing Organization: BIG IDea Inc.

Contact:
Kelly Weaver
kelly@growsd.org

Eligibility:
Any high school student currently enrolled in a US public, private or home school may submit a business idea entry. Ideas may also be submitted by a team of students (up to three students per team). A student (individually or as part of a team) may create as many entries as they wish as long as each business idea is different.

Deadlines

Registration Opens: September 1, 2023

Registration Closes: November 1, 2023