Big Idea Pitch Competition

What is the Big Idea Pitch Competition?

The Big Idea Pitch is a competition that showcases students' amazing ideas for new ventures. This competition gives Appalachian State University students the chance to take ideas out of their heads and pitch them for real money, and since the ideas come from students across any major and every student is driven by their own unique passions, the variety of ideas never disappoints.

How does the Big Idea Pitch Work?

Students submit their ideas. Next, an external panel of judges picks the most innovative 10 ideas based upon creativity, viability and scalability, and then we host a Big Idea Pitch Competition where each finalist makes a three-minute pitch to a panel of entrepreneur judges who provide feedback and vote on the most promising ideas. The judges determine a first, second and third place winner, and those students walk away with cash prizes! It's that simple. 

And because we don't want the audience members to be left out, there is one additional chance for the Big Idea Pitch finalists to win some cash – an audience choice award! Even if you aren't throwing your hat into the ring to pitch an idea, come enjoy the party, listen to some great ideas, and cast your vote to help choose which fellow Mountaineer will walk the Audience Choice Award (and the prize money that comes along with it)! 

When is the Big Idea Pitch?

This year's Big Idea Pitch will be on Friday, November 4, 2022. The Big Idea Pitch competition is the finale of the Center for Entrepreneurship's annual day-long Summit. READ MORE ABOUT THE SUMMIT 

Where is the Big Idea Pitch Competition held?

This year's competition will be held in the Parkway Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union located on the campus of Appalachian State. 

Want to pitch your Big Idea?

The Big Idea Pitch competition is open to all Appalachian State University students. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 14. Notifications for the ten finalists chosen to pitch their Big Idea at this year's competition will occur no later than Tuesday, October 18. APPLY TODAY!