Can these Berkeley students make Mexico’s devil fish the next big thing?

Can these Berkeley students make Mexico’s devil fish the next big thing?

May 10, 2018

2018 Big Ideas Contest Winners Mike Mitchell and Sam Bordia, both graduating this month with a master’s degree in international development, have launched an audacious plan to make the invasive, environmentally harmful, diablo fish the world’s next source of affordable protein and create a new market that will pay fishermen and help control the spread […]

Meet the 2018 Big Ideas Award Winners!

Meet the 2018 Big Ideas Award Winners!

May 4, 2018

This year’s Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Contest launched in September 2017. In November, the Contest received over 300 pre-proposal applications, representing over 1,000 students across 11 campuses. After a preliminary round and a final review, 42 teams were awarded prizes across 8 different categories, with award amounts ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Categories Art […]

Top Big Ideas Teams to Present at Grand Prize Pitch Day (April 25th!)

Top Big Ideas Teams to Present at Grand Prize Pitch Day (April 25th!)

Apr 19, 2018

For the past eight months, over 1000 students from eleven universities have worked to transform their visions to improve society into high-impact social ventures. On April 25th, six teams with the most creative and promising innovations from this year’s Rudd Family Foundation Big Ideas Contest are set to take the stage at the 7th annual […]

Big Ideas Abroad

Big Ideas Abroad

Mar 14, 2018

  In February 2018, Big Ideas Contest Director, Phillip Denny, traveled to Kampala, Uganda to explore opportunities for Big Ideas expansion in Africa, in partnership with Makerere University. Makerere—one of Africa’s leading institutions of higher education—has been a key partner of Big Ideas since 2013. Over the last five years Makerere’s involvement in Big Ideas […]

Dost Education: Parenting, just a podcast away

Dost Education: Parenting, just a podcast away

Feb 1, 2018

Dost Education empowers parents of any literacy level to take charge of their child’s early education. Launched in 2016 with support from Big Ideas, Dost now has over 9000 subscribers and is looking to expand to other states in India as well as other countries.

Big Ideas Finalists Announced!

Big Ideas Finalists Announced!

Jan 18, 2018

On November 15, 2017, the Big Ideas Contest received more than 300 proposals, representing approximately 900 aspiring innovators, across 11 universities. A pool of nearly 300 judges from academia and industry advanced 70 of the most promising ideas to the final round of the competition. Award winners will be revealed in May 2018!

Big Ideas Deadline is Coming Up!

Nov 7, 2017

Three-page pre-proposals due on November 15 (12pm PT)! Big Ideas is an early-stage, innovation contest that provides funding, support, and recognition to student teams who develop novel solutions to pressing social challenges. Teams selected for the final round will have access to skill-development workshops, advising sessions and industry mentors in order to refine their pre-proposals […]

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