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Big Idea Grand Island

Big Idea Grand Island

Monday, November 4th, 2024

The Liederkranz - Free Admission & Popcorn

401 W 1st Street, Grand Island

Social Hour @ 5:30p

Pitches Start @ 6:30p

 

submit your idea

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.                   

          Congratulations to the Past Winners!

 

2022

 

2023

 

1st Place

 

Danielle Helzer - Rooted Books

 

Hayley Royle - 29th Design

 

2nd Place 

 

Michelle Simmons - Simmons Sweets

 

Brenda Kay - FIthy Hair Mobile Studio

 

3rd Place

 

Enny Ellison - Indo - Archipelago

 

Fouad Mhadji Issa - Koponi Vanilla

 

Top 5

 

Rooted Books and Gifts

Simmons Sweets

Indo- Archipelago

Really Dan Games

EnchantInk

29th Design

Decode Humanity

FIthy Hair Mobile Studio

Garden Park

Koponi Vanilla

Top 10

 

Rooted Books and Gifts

Simmons Sweets

Indo- Archipelago

Really Dan Games

EnchantInk

Party Animal Event Suppliers

Homicide Prevention Program

Panderia Emanuel

Valid

Fly by Night Printing

29th Design

Decode Humanity

FIthy 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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