APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY
Applications for the 2019 Big Idea Competition are now closed.
Apply to pitch your innovative startup idea in front of your peers and a panel of esteemed judges for cash and scholarship awards. Don’t miss this chance to be part of one of the most celebrated nights of entrepreneurship in North Texas, recognizing the entrepreneurial progress of UT Dallas students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
Student Pitch Competition Awards
*Must be currently enrolled UT Dallas student, any major, any classification.
Grand Prize: $25,000
Second Prize: $10,000
Third Prize: $5,000
Open to The University of Texas at Dallas students, alumni, faculty and staff
Eligible businesses will have a woman founder or at least one woman co-founder among the founding shareholders
Best Undergraduate Pitch: $5,000
Teams comprised of undergraduate students only
Biggest Social Impact: $5,000
Eligible businesses and organizations will be focused on making a significant social impact.
Biggest Idea: $5,000
Awarded to the idea or business with the most disruptive product or service innovation
UTDesign Startup Challenge: $20,000
The UTDesign Startup Challenge leverages experiential learning through the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science’s UTDesign senior capstone course to help bring high-potential technology startups to life. Selected ventures receive $15,000 of engineering services over one or two semesters, a technical mentor, business coaches, and $5,000 towards approved business expenses to establish and grow the business.
Applications Open: August 19, 2019
Applications Close: October 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM noon
Semi-Finals: November 1, 2019
Finals: November 19, 2019 from 4-6 PM
November 19, 2019
UT Dallas, ATC Lecture Hall, 1.102
Tickets to the Big Idea Competition are free, but registration is required.
Please print the parking pass, display it on your dashboard, and park in Lot U. Shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot to the venue and back.
Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, technologist, investor and impact leader. She co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and has led the organization as founding CEO. She was named one of TIME’s “30 Under 30 People Changing the World,” Forbes “30 Under 30 – Social Entrepreneurs” and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town and Country, The Edit, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC and others.
Dayakar is a Founder and Managing Partner at Naya Ventures, a Dallas based venture capital fund investing in early stage and series A B2B startups. Previously, Dayakar managed the P&L for the Hosting & Mobility Solutions business at Microsoft. He was responsible for the incubation, development and management of new mobility solutions. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dayakar was the Founder and CEO of JP Mobile, which was a pioneer in mobile software solutions.
Samantha has nearly a decade of experience in the financial services and banking industry covering venture capital, private equity, leveraged buy outs, technology and innovation. As a Senior Vice President with Silicon Valley Bank she focuses on providing innovative financial solutions to venture and private-equity backed technology companies in the DFW area including: venture debt, private banking, recurring revenue lines of credit, foreign exchange and treasury management. Samantha is a huge supporter of the technology and innovation community.
Eric is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Capital One Financial Services, responsible for partnerships and brand activations. Prior to joining Capital One, Eric held product development, brand, as well as business development roles at various financial services and technology companies. Eric graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. In his free time, you can find Eric advising technology startups, cycling, or volunteering with local charities as a plastic spacemen from a galaxy far, far away.