Partner with Big Ideas

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.

In addition to the benefits outlined below, sponsoring Big Ideas@Berkeley offers:

  • Exposure to top students from UC Berkeley and the other participating campuses
  • Access to the UC Berkeley community of faculty, alumni and students
  • First look at new, creative ideas from student innovators

Are you interested in sponsoring Big Ideas? Email Us!

Category Sponsorship


  • Exclusive naming recognition
  • Sponsor logo and recognition on promotional materials
  • Sponsorship of category kick-off event, including speaker(s)
  • Co-design of category description and criteria
  • Sponsorship of $30,000 in cash prizes
  • Reserved Judge appointment(s) in both contest rounds
  • Reserved Judge appointment(s) on Pitch Day Panel (optional)
  • Reserved Mentor appointment(s) for finalist team(s)
  • Award presentation to winning teams (optional)
  • Sponsor banner displayed at annual Awards Ceremony
  • Reserved Invitations to Blum Center special events
  • Campus networking and recruitment opportunities