The Big Ideas Challenge is a new venture competition that encourages and celebrates innovative business ideas. The competition is open to Minnesota State Mankato students and alumni within two years of graduation.

Learn more about the Big Ideas Challenge

View the 2023 Finalists

2023 Big Ideas Challenge Program


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.


Submit your Big Idea today!


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!

2023 Big Ideas Challenge Finalist

View this year's Big Ideas Challenge finalists and be sure to come and vote for People's Choice award at the main event.