The Zingale Big Idea Competition is a student focused seed-funding business pitch presentation competition. It is designed for new business ideas, which have yet-to-receive funding. The Annual Competition will award a whopping total of $25,000 in prize money among the student winners. This contest emulates the experiences seen on the popular CNBC broadcast, Shark Tank, but with a heart. Unlike Shark Tank, the Zingale Big Idea distinguished panel of judges do more than evaluate business models – they offer constructive feedback, coaching and encouragement.
The next Big Idea Competition will be held on April 28-29, 2023
Deadline to Register: April 14
How can you participate?
Workshops are scheduled to help participants prepare for the competition. Those interested in competing in the Zingale Big Idea Competition and/or attend the workshops should contact Entrepreneur in Residence, Professor Chris Allison at email@example.com.
To be eligible to compete in the Zingale Big Idea Competition, all contestants must submit an Executive Summary of a business plan to Chris Allison. The Executive Summaries must include an overview of the company’s financials, including monthly operating costs, startup costs and at least a 1-year income statement. A three year outlook is preferable. A template for the Executive Summary can be found among the handy contest templates at the bottom of this page.
2023 Zingale Big Idea Workshops, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m., Quigley Auditorium
- Feb 14 – Creating A Big Idea
- March 14 – From Big Idea To A Company
- March 28 – Marketing Your Big Idea
- April 4 – Your Big Idea’s Finances
- April 11 – Pitching Your Big Idea
- Download Week #1 Slides: Finding A Relevant Problem to Solve
- Download Week #2 Slides: Creating A Big Idea To Solve The Problem
- Download Week #3 Slides: Marketing Your Big Idea
- Download Week #4 Slides: Developing Your Big Idea’s Financial Plan
- Download Week #5 Slides: The Pitch
Working with your team, you’ll develop a presentation using the 10-20-30 Rule; that is, you’ll prepare 10 Powerpoint slides for a pitch that is 20 minutes long, using text no smaller than 30-point type on each slide. Here are the templates that you will need to complete prior to your presentation:
Zingale Big Idea Competition ’20 – 1 Year Financial Plan Template
Zingale Big Idea Competition ’20 – 3 Year Financial Plan Template
Zingale Big Idea Competition ’20 – Annual Revenue Worksheet
Zingale Big Idea Competition ’20 – Monthly Expense Worksheet
Zingale Big Idea Competition ’20 – Startup Cost Estimator
Zingale Big Idea Competition ’20 – Presentation Template
The Zingale Big Idea Competition has been made possible through the generous support of Lance & Karen Zingale.
What kind of ideas have won in the past? Check out the results of previous competitions:
The 2020 competition was cancelled due to Covid 19.