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Big Idea Grand Island

Big Idea Grand Island

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners!

1st Place

Danielle Helzer with Rooted Books and Gifts

2nd Place

Michelle Simmons with Simmons Sweets

3rd Place

Enny Ellison with Indo- Archipelago

Top 5

  • Rooted Books and Gifts
  • Simmons Sweets
  • Indo- Archipelago
  • Really Dan Games
  • EnchantInk

 
Top 10 

  • Rooted Books and Gifts
  • Simmons Sweets
  • Indo-Archipelago
  • Really Dan Games
  • Party Animal Event Suppliers
  • Homicide Prevention Programs
  • EnchantInk
  • Panderia Emanuel
  • Valid
  • Fly by Night Printing

 

About Big Idea

It's like Shark Tank – kind of.

There’s an idea. There’s a panel of “sharks”. There’s also an audience, access to resources, and money.

Big Idea is our version of Shark Tank. Ideas are submitted in advance, narrowed down to a group of finalists, and ideas are pitched LIVE in front of an audience and panel of judges. Pitches must be 2 minutes or less. Each pitch is followed by a Q&A.

Top ideas will win access and discounts to key resources, business coaching and planning services, and startup money to launch their business in Grand Island! Our panel of judges determines the top 5 and popular vote (yes, the audience) determines who takes home the top 3 cash prizes! 

The Basics

When is it?

Big Idea Grand Island is happening on Monday, November 6th, 2023 at Kinkaider Brewing Company in the Railside District. Social will start at 5:30 PM and pitch night will start at 6:30 PM.

When does idea submission open and close?

Idea submission will open on Thursday, September 14th, and close on Thursday, October 19th at midnight. Click here for idea submission. Finalists will be notified by October 24th

What ideas are accepted?

Business or product ideas for Grand Island (and beyond...eventually). It can be retail-based, technology-driven, a product invention, food service, service-based, etc. The sky is the limit! 

Who can submit?

You must be 19 years or older to submit an idea. Not 19 or older? If your idea is accepted, we’ll just need your parent’s permission. We encourage students, locals, retirees, and anywhere in between to submit an idea.

Are there prizes?

You bet there are! All finalists receive something including gift bags, access to professional services, and startup cash! Plus, the networking and connections you receive at this event are invaluable. Click here for details.

 

submit your idea

Past Winners

2022

1st Place
Hayley Royle with 29th Design

2nd Place
Brenda Kay with Flthy Hair Mobile Studio

3rd Place
Fouad Mhadji Issa with Koponi Vanilla

Top 5
29th Design
Decode Humanity
Flthy Hair Mobile Studio
Garden Park
Koponi Vanilla

Top 10 
29th Design
Decode Humanity
Flthy Hair Mobile Studio
Garden Park
Grand Island Afro Hair Products
Koponi Vanilla
Novus Body Care
RPM's
SkateGI
S'Cool Kids

Sponsors

Title Sponsors

 


Prize Sponsors

 

Community Sponsors

 

Professional Partners

   

     

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Coordinating Sponsors

 

Contact Information

Big Idea Grand Island is made possible by:

 

For inquiries:

308-398-7425

“Grand Island provided us the ability to build and maintain professional careers, while still being present in our children's lives. That's the 'better opportunity' we found here.”
Lynda ConnerGrand Island Business Owner
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