Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament

Thank you to all who competed, attended or otherwise participated in the 2018 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament!

Watch for important updates as information becomes available for the 2019 competition. If you are interested in hosting a qualifying competition at your campus, please email [email protected]

2018 Winning Teams

The 2018 Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament saw impressive pitches by 12 students from nine University of Wisconsin System campuses. 

The winners of WBIT 2018 are as follows:

3rd Place: Light Fruit Company, James Van Eerden, UW-Milwaukee

2nd Place: Pintful Peanut Butter, Sam Lepak & Evan Laird, UW-Whitewater

1st Place: The Local Food Experiment, Sam Hunt, UW-Green Bay

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What's the Big Idea?

WBIT 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 as well as a chance to compete internationally at the International Business Model Competition (IBMC).

Is this just another Business Model Competition?

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.

WBIT represents a new paradigm in entrepreneurship. WBIT 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.