The Big Ideas Challenge is a new venture competition that encourages and celebrates innovative business ideas.

Who is eligible

The competition is open to Minnesota State Mankato students and alumni within two years of graduation. Individual and team entries are welcome. This new venture competition gives participants the opportunity to compete for money to fund their business.

Learn more about eligibility

Everyone across the university and in the region is encouraged to share information about the Big Ideas Challenge — the next big thing may be just an idea right now, but with some funds and mentorship, we can help make it real in Minnesota.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of the Big Ideas Challenge:

  • Lloyd Companies
  • Pioneer Bank
  • BankVista
  • Snell Motors
  • CrankyApe
  • Minnesota Valley Business Magazine 

For sponsorship opportunities, reach out to Cathy Willette.

The Big Ideas Challenge is completely funded by private support. You can help big ideas from student entrepreneurs succeed. Help grow Big Ideas!