Big Idea Competition

November 11, 2019 | 5:30 pm | Congdon Hall | UNCW

Coordinated by UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Cameron School of Business


Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and class standing as well as faculty and staff. Team submissions are encouraged, but not required.

Applicants who have an innovative idea to address a current or future need/problem are invited to apply for the opportunity to display their proposed solution to a group of judges. There are no restrictions on area of interest (e.g. energy, social, technology), type of organization/initiative you would like to form (e.g. profit, non-profit, community of interest, etc.) or target area (US and/or international).

The Proposal

Your proposal should be no longer than two pages (12pt font, double space) and include:

  1. Name(s) and email address(es).
  2. Description of the new (business) idea or innovative product, service or business model and why it is innovative.
  3. Description of the opportunity to be seized or the problem that needs to be solved.
  4. Description of the people or organizations to be targeted.
  5. Description of how the product, service, or business model will be better than already existing solutions.
  6. Description of factors that indicate the concept is feasible (e.g. how the applicant(s) plan to proceed.
  7. Description of resources needed (e.g. financial, know-how).

Benefits of Competing

The Big Idea Competition provides an excellent opportunity for applicants to showcase their ideas and receive feedback from experienced judges. In addition, participation will provide an opportunity to:

  • Win various cash prizes for first, second, third, and fourth place
  • Network and find prospective mentors
  • Compete in the Cucalorus Rocket Pitch Competition (for the winner)

Deadline for submitting applications is October 25th at 11:59 pm (midnight)!

Submissions and/or questions should be sent to:

Prof. Xaver Neumeyer
Dept. of Management
CH 200-D