| ACADEMICS | Centers & Institutes | Next Big Idea Contest
Successful businessman Robert K. O’Brien ’58 wanted to challenge Worcester State students to take their business ideas from wishful thinking to actual plans. Since 2013, The Robert K. O’Brien ’58 Next Big Idea Contest has allowed students to pitch their ideas to a panel of business-savvy judges and compete for cash prizes to support the development of their plans.
In 2021, the Robert K. O’Brien ’58 Next Big Idea Contest was integrated the IDEA Accelerator, a fast-paced, semester-long program for Worcester State students who want to validate their idea and figure out if it is worth pursuing. The action-based format uses a series of entrepreneurial “sprints” to get the idea out of your head, tested, and refined.
The deadline for registering for the 2021 Idea Accelerator is Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. For more information, contact Elaine Vescio, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship: email@example.com.
The finale to the IDEA Accelerator is the Robert K. O'Brien '58 Next Big Idea Contest, where the 10 finalists compete for cash awards and venture seed money.
Read about past winners of the Robert K. O’Brien ‘58 Next Big Idea Contest:
“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