The Big Ideas Challenge is a new venture competition that encourages and celebrates innovative business ideas. The competition includes three divisions—Open, Agriculture/Food/Beverage, and the newly designed High-Tech Division— and is open to Minnesota State Mankato students and alumni within two years of graduation. In addition, the High-Tech division is open to startups from across SW Minnesota. Learn more about the competition>>>


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The Big Ideas Challenge is open to any Minnesota State Mankato student or alumnus within two years of graduating. Individual and team entries are welcome. This new venture competition gives students the opportunity to compete for money to fund their business.


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A Big Idea brings new or significant value to some group of people. New can be a new organization, product, process or service. It could be a large change for an existing organization, product, or service

Past winners

View past winners and finalists in the competition!