Bring your ideas to life.
The Robert K. O’Brien Next Big Idea Contest helps Worcester State students develop an idea for a business or social venture. It was the inspiration of Robert K. O’Brien ‘58 to encourage Worcester State students to make an impact with their ideas.
During the 10 week program, the participants have access to valuable information, entrepreneurial tools, knowledgeable mentors, and the option to work on their ideas during three interactive workshops. Five finalists get to pitch their ideas to some really nice judges, and compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes and seed money. The pitch is five slides in five minutes followed by a five minute Q&A.
The five finalists are selected based upon the quality of their written business brief. The program provides the guidance and resources needed to help each participant develop a competitive business brief. Check out the Sample Business Brief for a fictional venture called “India in a Box”. In addition, the program helps the finalists prepare for their pitch.
What is the “business brief”?
The business brief is a 4-to-5 page document that provides:
- Description of…
- Their business idea
- Entrepreneurial team
- Actions taken to date
- Future actions planned
- Startup costs
- Pro forma income statement
- Value proposition
- Initial customer profile and market size
- Evidence of market demand and future growth potential
For more information
Contact Elaine Vescio, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
What's in it for me?
Your time in the 10-week program will give you the experience and knowledge you need to be a successful entrepreneur. Benefits of the program include:
What past participants loved most about being a part of the program is meeting other entrepreneurial minded students, developing new skills, and making significant progress on an idea in one semester.View All Resources
What past participants loved most about being a part of the program is meeting other entrepreneurial minded students, developing new skills, and making significant progress on an idea in one semester.
Lenny Tran - The Pablo Way
Tran won 1st place in the contest, earning $2500 for his sneaker restoration business, The Pablo Way.
David Echavarria - The Pleb Investor
Echavarria won 2nd place in the contest, earning $1000 for his investment consulting company, The Pleb Investor.
Imani Hutchins - Wimagine Outfitters
Hutchins won 3rd place, earning $500 for her affordable stylish clothing company, Wimagine Outfitters.
Anthony Shrum - Grizzled Hockey
Shrum won 4th place, earning $250 for his hockey apparel business, Grizzled Hockey.
Mustapha Dukuly - The Grow Education Project
Dukuly won 4th place, earning $250 for his non-profit organization, The Grow Education Project.