The Big Idea – Light Bulb & Socket, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Kipp Baker’s photostream

University of Pittsburgh students have a fantastic opportunity to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship — and win up to a $25,000 grand prize with a total of $100,000 in cash prizes being awarded! The Randall Family Big Idea Competition is an “experience-based learning opportunity” offered to all University of Pittsburgh undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. It fosters interdisciplinary synergy as applicants must be comprised of teams of at least two members and these members must be from at least two different schools/departments.

The competition has three rounds and operates through Pitt’s Innovation Institute. The Institute is the University’s hub for activities that encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship both on campus and in the Pittsburgh region. The competition has been set up to:

  • Stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Support University of Pittsburgh students in launching and growing new business ventures in western Pennsylvania
  • Provide a forum for emerging student entrepreneurs to network with potential advisors, partners, customers and funders
  • Highlight the expanding entrepreneurial culture at Pitt to the university community, the region and prospective students

The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

If you are a Pitt student with a big idea that you want to bring to market, please watch the video below, click here for more information, and apply online here.