Big Idea Grand Island

Big Idea Grand Island

Congratulations to the 2022 Winners!

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


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.


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