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2014 Big Idea Competition

Open to all current Cornell Undergraduate Students. Eight finalists will be determined by a group of experienced entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, non-profit, and business professionals. 25 semi-finalists will also receive consultations with a mentor/coach about their idea and ways to improve their submission.

Prizes are supported by the Vijay (MEng ’75) and Sita Vashee Promising Entrepreneur Award Endowment Fund.

  • 1st Place- $2000
  • 2nd Place- $1000
  • 3rd Place- $250

Contest Rules:

An idea can be submitted by a “team” (consisting of multiple people), but all team members must be current Cornell Undergraduate Students.

If you have previously entered The Big Idea Competition (formerly known as The Undergraduate Business Idea Competition), you can re-enter your exact same idea or a different idea. If you previously won prize money from the competition, you are not allowed to enter your previous winning idea.

Entries must be early-stage ideas, and not developed businesses.  As such, an idea that already has a functioning business associated with it will not be accepted. Specifically, the idea:

  • Cannot be generating revenues
  • Cannot already have received funding or financing of any form
  • Must not have previously been accepted into an accelerator or incubator
  • Cannot have any legal form of incorporation

Once submitted the idea is finalized for that round, if the team/individuals advance in the competition the idea may be amended based on comments and feedback from mentor/coach. Although amendments can be made, the fundamental idea cannot change from round to round.

2014 Big Idea Competition Application

For more information contact Debra Moesch dlm8@cornell.edu