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.
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More qualifying events will be listed once they are finalized.
WiSys offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities for the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament. Please review our 2020 Sponsorship Guide. For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Jennifer Souter at [email protected] or by phone at 608-316-4131.
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.