The Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament is an entrepreneurship competition open to undergraduate and graduate students attending any two- or four-year University of Wisconsin school across the state (except UW-Madison).
It teaches cutting-edge Lean Startup business development tools, provides business mentorship, and allows participants to compete at a state level for a chance to win seed funding for their idea.
Over 85 percent of new businesses fail within a few years, often because they try to plan their way to success. It’s time to change.
The Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament represents a new paradigm in entrepreneurship. This is not a business plan competition but rather a business idea competition based on a new way of thinking about the entrepreneurial process and business concept development. Instead of preparing a detailed business plan, student teams will identify and test their business assumptions EARLY in order to quickly identify customers and market potential and present the findings of their work in a brief 10 minute presentation to judges.
Eligibility & Judging
See what it takes to compete in and win the tournament.
WiSys offers matching funds and marketing support for all campus qualifying events. Formore information on how your campus can access match funds for local campus qualifiers, please contact Jennifer Souter.