The Big Idea Pitch Competition returned this year as part of Entrepreneur Showcase Week at the Innovation Connector. On the evening of November 16, 2023, entrepreneurs and innovators pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. There were two divisions this year: Lifestyle and Technology. Adding to the ambiance of a baseball game, attendees enjoyed classic hot dogs and chips, evoking the nostalgic charm of a day at the ballpark.
Two winners from each category rose victoriously, winning a cash prize for their innovative ideas. The first-place winners were presented with $5,000, while second-place achievers rejoiced with $2,500 each. The winners of the Lifestyle Division in first place, Molly McGuire, and in second place, Andy Markelz. The winners of the Technology Division were two Ball State Entrepreneurship students. Winning first place was Will Pancake, and in second place was Reid Glassen. Congratulations to all winners and participants.
The competition wasn’t just about who won. It was a chance for pitchers to get exposure, make connections, and further the opportunity for education and investment. When people come together with their great ideas, amazing things can happen. Here’s to a future filled with even more innovation and success for the Muncie community.
A big thank you to the sponsors as it would not have been possible without your support.