Big Idea Competition

2021 Big Idea Competition – The  UTRGV Center for Innovation and Commercialization (CIC), a division of the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship will hold its inaugural annual Big Idea Competition this spring. This virtual competition is open to all current UTRGV students, faculty, and staff, as well as the RGV community at large.  Winners will be determined by a pool of experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals.


  • 1st Place - $3,000
  • 2nd Place - $1,500
  • 3rd Place - $ 1,000 

Sub categories: 

  • Social Entrepreneurship - $500
  • Green Innovation - $500
  • Audience's Favorite: - $500


  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021:  Information Session #1
    • Virtual Information Session at 11:00 am via Zoom. 
  • WednesdayFebruary 3, 2021:  Information Session #2
    • Virtual Information Session at 1:00 pm via Zoom. 
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021:  Application Deadline 
    • All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm CST.
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021:  Finalists Selection 
    • Big Idea Competition finalists will be selected and notified. 
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021: Finalist Information Session 
    • Finalist Virtual Information Session at 1:00 pm via Zoom. 
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Big Idea Competition Finale (Virtual) 
    • Virtual Competition from 1:00 - 3:00 pm via Zoom. 
    • Each finalist will be given 3 minutes to present their idea, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A to a virtual audience of peers, UTRGV employees, and distinguished guests.
    • Finalists will be judged by a group of entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers whose experience spans both social and traditional enterprises. 

Contest Rules

An idea may be submitted by an individual or a team consisting of multiple people, whether UTRGV students or RGV community members. 

ALL entries must be ideas, and not a developed business.  As such, an idea that already has a functioning business associated with it will not be accepted. Specifically, the idea:

1. Cannot be currently generating revenues

2. Cannot already have received funding or financing of any form

3. Cannot have any legal form of incorporation

Once submitted, the idea is finalized for that round. Although amendments can be made, the fundamental idea cannot change. Please email if you have any questions!

Please note, applications must be submitted in English.  Finalists will be required to pitch their idea in English.  

Wednesday, March 3 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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