Welcome to the Randall Family Big Idea Competition!
February through early April, Zoom
This competition is an experience-based learning opportunity for Pitt students with Big Ideas who enjoy working in diverse teams to bring those ideas to life. It is open to all Pitt undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. This competition spans February and March of each year and awards monetary prizes to students with the most startup potential, including a grand prize of $25,000! Since its inception in 2009, the competition has attracted hundreds of interdisciplinary teams seeking to bring their Big Ideas to market.
Who can apply?
This competition is open to all Pitt students, undergraduate through postdoc.
Teams must consist of at least two Pitt students. Students from other institutions may participate as part of a team but cannot receive monetary prizes.
Having trouble assembling a team? Try our TeamFinder tool.
2021 Randall Family Big Idea Competition Schedule of Events (subject to change):
- Extended Application Deadline: Monday, February 22, 11:59 p.m. (Applications are now closed)
- Bootcamp: Friday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
- Practice Pitches: Friday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Semifinals: Friday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Finalist Bootcamp/Meet Your Mentor: Thursday, March 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Elevator Pitch Workshop: Monday, March 22, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
- Final Round: Friday, April 9, 9:00 a.m.. – 1:00 p.m.
- Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 15, 8:00 p.m. (YouTube Premiere)
Want to learn more about the competition? Watch our Randall Info Session video!
We’ve added a video recording of our Randall info session for any student interested in our 2021 Randall Family Big Idea Competition. Click the button below to watch the video and learn about what to expect from & how to prepare for this year’s Randall Family Big Idea Competition!
Thank you to all of our mentors, judges, and sponsors for your support during the COVID-19 crisis.
Congratulations to the 2020 participants of the Randall Family Big Idea!
Learn more about the recent winners.