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The BIG Idea Pitch

What is the BIG Idea Pitch?

Where entrepreneurs and innovators pitch their business concepts, product, or invention to a panel of judges from our business and investment community. There are very creative and interesting concepts from people in our region – this competition showcases those ideas and offers what it takes to advance them.

The BIG Idea Pitch Competition gives people the chance to prove the potential of their business idea, meet people who can help them succeed, and some even win a cash prize!

Competitors have just three minutes to Pitch before our panel of judges. All competitors receive valuable exposure to business leaders & potential mentors and local awareness, cash prizes, and a spot in the Innovation Connector’s program ADVANCE.


The 2021 schedule of events is as follows:
BIG Idea Pitch Training Camps

Each Training Camp will be held at the Innovation Connector from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The BIG Idea Pitch Competition Application Forms will be available online Monday, October 18th.

TRAINING CAMP #1 – Monday, October 18th

What is the BIG Idea Pitch Competition? How do ideas happen? Forming an idea as a business or product. What is the problem being solved? What is the opportunity being seized? From ideas to solutions – how to solve problems. Does your solution fully solve the problem/opportunity?

TRAINING CAMP #2- Monday, October 25th

Are there revenue streams and profit potential for this solution? Who else is currently solving the problem? How are others solving this problem? Why is your solution better or different? What value does your solution provide? How do I present and pitch? What is the judging criteria?

The BIG Idea Pitch Finals:
November 8th, 2021 at the Innovation Connector 

This is THE night! All competitors will have only three minutes to pitch in front of a panel of judges. The top five winners will be selected, and we will announce the 1st – 5th place winners of The BIG Idea Pitch 2021 competition.

Prize Packages

All winners who place first through fifth will win cash prizes, have exposure to business leaders and potential mentors, and will join the second cohort of the Innovation Connector’s program Advance.

(All winners must sign a W-9 IRS form)

Congratulations to our 2020 winners!

1st Place | Kai & Lindsey Markelz – Froggles

The Innovation Connector congratulates the 2020 BIG Idea Pitch Competition Winner, Kai & Lindsey Markelz who presented their pitch idea, Froggles.

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Finalists!

From left to right: Josh Raines – ARES: Alarm-Reducing Environmental Sensors

Paul Dytmire & Andy Klotz – Score IT

Teah Mirabelli – Magnetic Nails

1st Place | Kai & Lindsey Markelz – Froggles

Melissa Jones, Jacob Peterson, and Breanna Daugherty – Portefolio

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