Finals: November 8 at 6 PM


Take your idea from the Minors to the Majors

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 Big Idea Pitch ran for 8 successful years. In 2021, our 8th year, we switched it up allowing for more innovative and bright ideas to become realities. In 2022 we want to further expand on visionaries and celebrate entrepreneurs. Proudly introducing Entrepreneur Showcase Week, 20 Events 1 Week! Join us at the Innovation Connector for a week of networking, workshops, awards, and celebrating the hard work of current and future entrepreneurs in our community. Entrepreneur Showcase Week Powered by: Muncie Innovation Connector, Inc. November 14-19, 2022 as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week! To learn more and to register for events visit 

Congratulations to our 2021 winners!

Lifestyle 1st Place | Holden Robinson

The Innovation Connector congratulates the 2021 BIG Idea Pitch Competition Winner of the Lifestyle category, Holden Robinson who presented his pitch idea, Relixir.

2nd Place | Sophia Chaille – Café Chaille

3rd Place | Dakotah Hackworth and Jeremiah Cotherman – Trinity Tree Stand

Technology 1st Place | Stuart Lowry

The Innovation Connector congratulates the 2021 BIG Idea Pitch Competition Winner of the Technology category, Stuart Lowry who presented his pitch idea, ArcticRX.

2nd Place | Drew Holl – Stork

3rd Place | Sydnee Long and Hope Churchill – Roomiez

Thank you to our sponsors!

Prize Packages

This year is the 8th annual Big Idea Pitch which means more prizes! This competition will be split into two different categories; lifestyle and technology. There will be two winning packages and a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for each category.

All winners who place first through third 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.

Watch his interview with Ted Baker here! 

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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