Workshops & Events

Information on this page will be frequently updated, so keep checking back for additional details on these events and more.  Recordings will be made available following each livestream event (see “Past Events & Recordings” section below).

: Live Stream Available

: Online Appointments Available

: In-Person Participation Opportunity

: Remote Participation Opportunity

Upcoming Events

Big Ideas Social Innovator Speaker Series #2: Respira Labs (2019 Grand Prize Finalist)

March 4th (12:00pm- 12:45pm)

How do you build a network? How does an early stage start up gain visibility? Hear from Maria Artunduaga, the Founder and CEO of Respira Labs, about her startup journey and how she leveraged social media, entrepreneurship programs, and outreach channels to expand her networks and expand the visibility of her company. (Open to the public) RSVP HERE

Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day

May 4th (4:00pm – 7:00pm) | Blum Hall

Join us to mingle with student innovators in a poster session explaining their 2022 Big Ideas (list of projects), then tune in as the top three Big Ideas teams vie for the $10,000 Grand Prize at the Big Ideas Grand Prize pitch competition, followed by the top Blockchain teams competing in the Binance-LIFT Blockchain Innovations for Social Good initiative, sponsored by Binance Charity. Students, mentors, judges and sponsors will be recognized in a festive Awards Celebration and Reception.

Industry Advising Clinic

November 10 | 4 pm PT| Zoom Advising Appointments 

Come meet one on one with expert advisors from the Big Ideas network to discuss your innovative ideas and critical guidance and constructive feedback. The experts bring years of experience advising and coaching startups along with robust technical expertise. The list of experts will be shared in advance and students can sign up for 30 minute advising appointments. This session fills up fast, so look out for an announcement in the Big Ideas Newsletter in October. Register here.

Pre-Proposal Editing Blitz

November 15 & 17 | All Day | 120 Blum Hall, UC Berkeley & Zoom Appointments 

With only a few days left before the pre-proposal deadline (Nov. 18th), come and receive last-minute advice on your pre-proposal application. Take advantage of this final opportunity to fine-tune your pre-proposal and receive feedback by signing up for an advising appointment with a member of the Big Ideas advising staff.

Pre-proposal Deadline

November 18 | Due 1pm PT | Online submission 

Deadline to submit your pre-proposal! Please carefully read all of the instructions on the Big Ideas application page and allow at least 30-45 minutes to complete the entire application/upload process. Late submissions will not be accepted, so make sure to contact us if you have any questions. 

Past Events & Recording

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Landscape Analysis & Proposed Innovation

Pre-proposal Writing Workshop: Framing and Communicating the Problem

Inspiration & Information Session: With Sumita Jonak, CEO & Founder, NurLabs

Inspiration & Information Session: With Paige Balcom, CEO & Founder, Takataka Plastics

2021 Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Competition

2021 Big Ideas People's Choice Pitch Competition

Big Ideas Social Innovator Speaker Series #3: Takachar

Big Ideas Social Innovator Speaker Series #2: Respira Labs

Big Ideas Final Round Kickoff & Social Innovation Speaker Series #1: Edvisorly

Inspiration & Information Session: With Ryan Barr, COO, RePurpose Energy

2020 Big Ideas Grand Prize Pitch Day

Inspiration & Information Session: With Christelle Rohaut, Cofounder & CEO, Codi

2022 Big Ideas Final Round Kickoff