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. In total, the winners receive nearly $30,000 in cash and business support services awarded between the 5 finalists!

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

Each Training Camp will be held at the Innovation Connector from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The BIG Idea Pitch Competition Application Forms will be available online Monday, October 21st.

TRAINING CAMP #1 – Monday, October 21st

What is the BIG Idea Pitch Competition? How do ideas happen? Forming an idea as a businessor 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 28th

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?

SEMI-FINALS COMPETITION – Monday, November 4th

All competitors will pitch to a panel of judges. Five finalists will be selected to compete in the Finals to claim the place of The BIG Idea Pitch Winner 2019.

The BIG Idea Pitch Finals at the Excellence in Innovation Awards:
November 13th, 2019 at the Horizon Convention Center

The Final Competition takes place at the Excellence in Innovation Awards at the Horizon Convention Center. Attendees hear presentations from the five finalists from The BIG Idea Pitch Competition – each given three minutes to pitch their business idea to a panel of distinguished judges.

The final results are revealed at the end of the night, with prize packages up to $30,000 in cash and services awarded to these “ideators”.

First Place Winner Prize Package

Prize money:   $5,000 (Winner must sign a W-9 IRS form)

Six months of access to the Innovation Connector (Secure co-working space, 24/7 access, & open space)

On-site business coaching services at the Innovation Connector for six months – by appointment (Ted Baker, IC Director, Business Consultant/Coach – 765.285.4900 / tbaker@innovationconnector.com)

Consultation accounting sessions with local CPA firm, Whitinger & Company LLC – Muncie (Contact Richard Crist, COO – 765.284.3384 / rcrist@whitinger.com)

Branding and/or marketing sessions with Whitinger Strategic Services LLC – Muncie (Contact Richard Crist, Managing Director – 765.284.3384 / rcrist@whitinger.com)

Business Legal Issues consultation with Mathewson Law Office – 625 S. Tillotson Muncie, IN 

All BIG Idea Pitch Finalists will receive 4 Tickets to the Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet to be held on November 13, 2019.

Second, Third, Fourth, & Fifth Place Winners Prize Package

Prize Money (Winner must sign a W-9 IRS Form):

  • 2nd Place: $2,500
  • 3rd Place: $2,000
  • 4th Place: $1,500
  • 5th Place: $1,000

On-site business coaching services at the Innovation Connector for six months – by appointment (Ted Baker, IC Director, Business Consultant/Coach – 765.285.4900 / tbaker@innovationconnector.com)

Consultation accounting sessions with local CPA firm, Whitinger & Company LLC – Muncie (Contact Richard Crist, COO – 765.284.3384 / rcrist@whitinger.com)

Branding and/or marketing sessions with Whitinger Strategic Services LLC – Muncie (Contact Richard Crist, Managing Director – 765.284.3384 / rcrist@whitinger.com)

All BIG Idea Pitch Finalists will receive 4 Tickets to the Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet to be held on November 13, 2019.

Congratulations to our 2019 winners!

1st Place  |  Trey Gourley, WindowLux

The Innovation Connector congratulates the 2019 BIG Idea Pitch Competition Winner, Trey Gourley who presented his pitch idea, WindowLux.

Congratulations to all of our 2019 Finalists!

From left to right: Bryan & Andrea Hughes, Live Musicians Association

Carter Anderson, FamLeo

1st Place  |  Trey Gourley, WindowLux

Taylor Ly, Fueled Up

Troy Smith, The Layman Bench

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For more information contact us at 765-285-4900  or  akdishman@innovationconnector.com

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