Big Idea

As a young entrepreneur, what business would you start in your world to make it a better place to live? Think about problems you hear about in today’s news or problems that you personally experience. What business can you create to solve those problems? How can you use technology to solve those problems? Put your best business idea forward and compete for cash prizes and scholarships in the BIG Idea Competition – over $5,000 to be awarded! New this year is a $500 prize for the best business entry addressing wellness, sponsored by Sanford Health. Learn more about the competition by using the links below.

BIG Idea Competition is open from September 1st to October 31st.



Part of the mission of the BIG Idea Competition is to spur creative thinking as part of the business building process. Think about your business as a way to solve a problem. How can your BIG Idea change the world or just make your corner of it a better place to live?


The 2015 BIG Idea Competition was a big success and we have our winners:

First Place:
Bent Perspective
Haley Ketteler of Pierre T.F. Riggs High School
Second Place:
Caveman Custom Iron
George Bernard and Mark Wesolick of St. Thomas More High School
Third Place:
KP Photography
MaKayla Price of Wessington Springs High School

Listen to the InTouch Interviews from Dakota Broadcasting with the 2015 BIG Idea first and second place winners!

Interview 1:
1st Place Winner, Haley Ketteler
Interview 2:
Marketing Design Winners, Ellen Schlechter