| ACADEMICS | Centers & Institutes | Next Big Idea Contest
Worcester State University’s annual Next Big Idea Contest offers aspiring entrepreneurial students the opportunity to present their ideas for a new business to a group of experienced professionals and the chance to earn cash prizes to start or grow that business. It’s named for, and financially supported by, Class of 1958 alumnus Robert K. O'Brien, who has a long and distinguished career in business and helped launch 10 companies employing more than 300 people. He believes Worcester State University students have the creative innovation to launch the "Next Big Idea."WSU students who have a dream to make a difference in the world can participate in this contest by preparing a formal proposal defining the “Next Big Idea” for a business, a service, or product. 2017 Contest Dates
A complete proposal for the Next Big Idea Contest should be no more than 10 pages of text. If you have appendices, they may take up to an additional 10 pages. Send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your Next Big Idea proposal should begin with a registration form and a one-page executive summary that clearly covers the following:
Elizabeth Siler is an associate professor in the Business Administration and Economics Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Management
from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an M.B.A. from Simmons College, and a B.A. from
Boston University. She teaches strategy, organizational behavior, and
management electives, including business consulting and leadership.
Mim Plavin-Masterman is an assistant professor in our Business Administration and Economics Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University, an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a B.S. in Industrial Relations from Cornell University. Her areas of expertise include strategy, organizational behavior, organizational theory, and entrepreneurship. Spyridon "Ross" Tsakas is a visiting instructor in Business Administration and Economics. He is completing his Ph.D. in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh and is an accomplished serial entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, he gained funding and endorsement from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and HRH Prince Charles, among others.
“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