Breaking News! The Zingale Big Idea Competition Prize Pool Will Increase To $30,000 in 2024!
The Zingale Big Idea Competition focuses on seed-level new business ideas. The Annual Competition will award a whopping total of $30,000 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.
Please note: Up-and-running small businesses with revenue are not eligible for the competition.
The next Big Idea Competition will be held on April 26-27, 2024
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.
Zingale Big Idea Workshops, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m., Quigley Auditorium
- Creating A Big Idea
- From Big Idea To A Company
- Marketing Your Big Idea
- Your Big Idea’s Finances
- 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.