Our competitions provide a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and problem-solvers to showcase their ideas, develop their skills, and make impactful connections. We foster an environment where students are not only learners but also creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 


Big Idea Pitch

Open to ALL Students! The Big Idea Pitch is an easy, early stage business idea pitch competition designed to identify a pain in the marketplace. You do not need to be a business student; follow a simple format and present your idea!

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New Venture Pitch

The New Venture Pitch is designed to test and validate your big idea, make changes (iterations or pivots) based on evidence found and insights gained, and repeat this process until the crucial aspects of your business are fully validated.

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HS Idea Challenge

The ETX High School Idea Challenge, the region's largest innovation competition for high school students, aims to encourage, support, and inspire the next generation of inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

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Apply: 2024 Big Idea Pitch.

Compete for more than $2,400 in prizes. Competition is open to all UT Tyler students. 

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Apply to be a judge in one of our competitions. Judges are crucial to provide valuable feedback to our students and help us select the best ideas!

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