Round 1: Idea Development & Written Submission Round
Students start by forming a challenge team that explores and develops big ideas for entrepreneurial innovations for Northeast Ohio. Teams submit written Executive Summaries (10 slides max, .pdf) that include 6 building blocks for describing the idea: the problem, the solution, customers, the competition, revenue, and next steps.
Semifinalist teams are competing to become a Final Four Challenge team! To submit a video for judging, semifinalists must first upload a 60-second pitch video to YouTube, then submit the URL to us for Round 2 judging using an entry form that will become available after December 15, 2017.
Round 3: Final Four – Live Pitch Challenge at the Summit on February 27, 2018
The Final Four Challenge teams make live pitches at the Summit and compete for the Grand Prize! Final pitch decks must be submitted using an entry form that will become available after February 19, 2018.
For thinkBIG! Challenge Final Four teams
Grand Prize Team – $5,000 cash (teams must split)
Other Three Final Four Teams – $1,000 each (teams must split)