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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

The Big Idea Competition will be held on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at 4pm at the Richard Celeste Theatre in the Edith Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center on CC's campus.

 Colorado College is committed to weaving the themes of Innovation and Entrepreneurship throughout the fabric of students' liberal arts education and experience. At the end of the day, our goal is to see students from all academic backgrounds educated, relevant, equipped and motivated to pursue creative, innovative, and impactful careers. 

One way in which we do this is the annual Big Idea.  It is a pitch competition in which student teams come up with and develop startup ideas, culminating in a presentation to a panel of distinguished judges. The judges award a monetary prize to the winning team(s) to serve as seed money for launching ventures.  The Big Idea is about three different kinds of startups: (1) it’s about startups that focus on dramatic innovations, often disruptive in character, and typically backed by venture capital investment; (2) about small business style startups which 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.  and (3) finally, about social startups. 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 resources to students. 

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)