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The BIG IDEA Innovation Competition provides competitive funding opportunities for UW-Parkside students to develop innovative ideas and start-up initiatives. This funding opportunity provides you with funds and expertise needed to successfully take your idea from "spark" to "seed," as you prepare to seek support from competitive funding sources statewide.
Start thinking of ideas today, then join us October 18 at the Big Idea Kick Off. Key faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions and discuss next steps. Guest speakers will complete the workshop, with stories to inspire and nurture your ideas.
University of Wisconsin System Technology Foundation (WiSys)
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Angel Investor Network
WiSys Technology Foundation
UW System/UW Extension
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc.
Fill out a quick survey and attach your Big Idea proposal in PDF format.
Big Idea Kick Off
October 18, 2017, 12 noon, Alumni Room
Reserach and Proposal Creation
October through mid-December
December 15, 2017, 11:59 pm
Thursday, January 15, 2018
You, if you are enrolled at UW-Parkside, in any discipline or program.
You partner with a UW-Parkside faculty/staff mentor and submit a competitive application presenting the idea, a business or marketing plan, and how support would advance the project. (There is a faculty advisor stipend of $500.00 per project.)
Selection for funding is based on the quality of the application and the proposed idea's potential for commercial and/or social impact.
A team of UW-Parkside faculty/staff, alumni, and community supporters (donors, business leaders, and entrepreneurs) reviews applications and makes investment decisions for the Venture Parkside Fund.
We are here to help you be successful! Contact us and we will get answers to your questions and the resources you need.