Support Big Ideas

The Big Ideas network includes hundreds of individuals and organizations who support the contest in various capacities. There are 4 ways for interested supporters to get involved:

1. Judges

Each year, we look for 250+ judges to help us review submissions for each of our two contest rounds. Judges have the opportunity to preview and provide feedback on students’ innovative ideas, and help us to determine which teams move on as finalists and are ultimately selected as winners. Visit our judges page to learn more about becoming a judge!

Become a Judge

2. Mentors

Starting in mid-January, Big Ideas finalists are carefully matched with mentors from our mentor pool who have relevant skills and expertise to their project. Mentors are professionals from a set of diverse fields, ranging from business and finance expertise, to entrepreneurship experience, to technical expertise in one of our category areas, and more. Together, finalists and mentors work to refine the team’s project ideas, explore what it will take to implement it, and ultimately develop fifteen-page “final proposal,” due March 10, 2015. Visit our Mentor page to learn more about how to be included in our mentor pool!

Become a Mentor

3. Sponsors

The Big Ideas contest is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. In addition to the Rudd Family Foundation, which provides funding to run the contest, our category sponsors provide the funding and resources necessary to make each of our categories possible. Categories change each year, and we are always open to exploring new sponsorship opportunities. Visit our Sponsor page to learn more about the benefits of a Big Ideas sponsorship!

Become a Sponsor

4. Partners

Each year, Big Ideas partners with an incredible list of organizations to provide additional resources and opportunities to Big Ideas teams. Partners range from those who support teams during the contest, those who provide opportunities for past winners, and those who help teams to raise additional funds or access additional resources through their own programs and networks. If you have an idea for how your organization might partner with Big Ideas, we would love to hear from you!

Become a Partner