2020 has been a challenging and stressful year in so many ways. COVID-19 has affected the entire world, exposing inadequate public health systems and causing disproportionate impacts based on economic class, existing health conditions, physical environments, and race.
Yet amidst so much uncertainty and turmoil, there is unprecedented opportunity for change. We have the capacity to envision and create a new world that is more just, prioritizes climate concerns, addresses poverty and hunger, and improves economic and social equality. If there was ever a time when your innovative and bold ideas are needed, it is now.
So, what’s your Big Idea?
As a college student, there is absolutely no better time than now to think about what matters to you—and to build your idea into something tangible; something real. It is no surprise that some of the most innovative companies and social enterprises were created by college students. You have extraordinary access to classes, programs, co-curricular workshops and supportive advisors who are enthusiastic to help you succeed. You have a ready-made pool of talented fellow students from many different disciplines and diverse backgrounds to build your team. Most importantly, you have the energy and fresh ideas that are needed now more than ever to tackle the most challenging issues facing our society. So, if you have an idea and it’s there nagging at you, what are you waiting for?
At Big Ideas, we are committed to helping you with your early-stage, social-impact innovation. We have four weeks left until the November 20th application deadline! In over 10 years, the Big Ideas Contest has awarded 500 winning teams a total of $2.5 million in prizes. Big Ideas participants have the chance to win up to $20,000 in awards, receive mentorship and extensive feedback from judges, and access valuable development workshops and networking opportunities.
Three-page applications are due November 20th at 1:00 pm PST. Check out our website for more information on this year’s application requirements and details on how to apply, or sign up for a 1-on-1 advising session with a Big Ideas advisor to talk through your idea and see if it is a good fit.
Are you still on the fence? Well, don’t take it from us– listen to Big Ideas alumni!