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The Big Idea
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Colorado College
Annual pitch competition for $50,000 of seed money with more resources and input for your idea

Innovation and Entrepreneurship are crucial themes of higher education and relevant to all CC students no matter the major.  Colorado College is committed to weaving the themes of Innovation and Entrepreneurship throughout the fabric of its liberal arts education and experience. At the end of the day, our goal is to see CC students from all academic backgrounds educated, relevant, equipped and motivated to pursue creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial ventures and careers. 

One way in which we do this is the annual Big Idea event.  Now in its fourth year, the Big Idea is a student competition to come up with and develop startup ideas, culminating in a pitch competition with a monetary prize to serve as seed money for launching the ventures.  The Big Idea is about three different kinds of startups. It’s about startups that focus on dramatic innovations, often disruptive in character, and typically backed by venture capital investment. The Big Idea also includes small business style startups. These often result in local, very cool, and potentially highly profitable ventures, but without the kind of swing-for-the-fences qualities of venture backed startups.  Finally, the Big Idea is also about Social Entrepreneurship. These are innovative new ventures that are measured typically less in terms of profit, and more by social impact and value. 

For 2016 there will once again be $50,000 – yes, $50,000! – in prize money for the pitch competition to kick start YOUR great idea.  But there is much more to the program: we are engaging with the local community of innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as CC alumni, to help mentor and be a resource to students. 

Whether you’re a Comparative Lit, Computer Science, Economics, Political Science, or Art major, if you’re interested in innovation and the startup phenomenon there’s a place for you and your idea!

Congratulations to the 2015 Big Idea winners!:

1st Place: Kadi Energy, awarded $25,000

                               Presenters: Paul-miki Akpablie ('16), Usaama Alnaji (alum), Samantha Barlow (alum)

2nd Place: iDro, awarded $15,000

                               Presenters: Fred Lindseth ('15), Jeremy Harlam ('15)

3rd Place: Colorado Springs Food Rescue, awarded $10,000

                               Presenters: Dan Lewis (alum), Meredith Bird ('15)