| ACADEMICS | Centers & Institutes | Next Big Idea Contest
The Robert K. O'Obrien '58 “Next Big Idea Competition” happening spring semester and it's bigger than ever.
Got an idea for a business, a social venture, or a really cool concept for solving a problem? Then be a part of the Robert K. O'Brien '58 Next Big Idea Competition. It's our Woo version of Shark Tank where we help you bring your ideas to life. Just check out the top prizes to help get your imagination going.
The competition experience focuses on developing specific entrepreneurial skills that are useful for anyone looking to pursue opportunities, solve problems, and innovate. Plenty of resources are available on campus to help entrepreneurs of all experience levels and aspirations move an idea from concept to a tested business model, and clearly communicate those findings in written, verbal, and visual presentation modes. Practice useful skills in a fun, supportive environment as you navigate the challenges of bringing your idea to life.
The competition is open to all current Worcester State University students who have a student driven, student created, or student managed venture idea.
The guidelines and rules:
Each individual/team submits a Business Brief and Business Model Canvas for a business or social venture. Ten individuals/teams or top 75% are selected to progress to the next stage based on the evaluation of the business model submission.
The individual/teams selected from the business model submission stage submit a 90 second to two minute video about their venture. Public votes on the videos and the top rated video receives the Woo Choice Award at the finals.
Finalists showcase their venture at an exhibit table along with doing their elevator pitch. The formal pitch is presented with a pitch deck to the judges and audience.
“I believe Worcester State students have the creative innovation to launch the ‘Next Big Idea.’ And I’m excited about the creativity and enthusiasm demonstrated in this entrepreneurship competition.”
– Robert K. O'Brien ’58