Innovation Connector to Host 5th Annual BIG Idea Pitch Competition for Local Entrepreneurs

The Big Idea Pitch 2018.The Big Idea Pitch 2018.

By: Alexis Dishman—

Muncie, Indiana– The Innovation Connector of Muncie, Indiana is hosting the fifth annual BIG Idea Pitch competition for local entrepreneurs and innovators to “pitch” their business, business concepts, product or invention to a panel of judges from the business and investment community.There are many very creative and interesting concepts from people in our region, and this competition will showcase those ideas and offer what it takes to advance them. This event is for individuals in all phases of the business, including startup or pre-startup. Junior High, High School and college students are also encouraged to apply.

The BIG Idea Pitch competition is your chance to prove the potential of your business idea, meet people who can help you succeed, and maybe even win a cash prize! Competitors will have just three minutes to pitch before a panel of judges.

The schedule of events is as follows:

(Each Training Camp will be held at the Innovation Connector from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The BIG Idea Pitch Competition Application Forms will be available on-line Monday, October 22nd.)


Training Camp #1 – Monday, October 22nd

What is the BIG Idea Pitch Competition? How do ideas happen? Forming an idea as a business or product. What is the problem being solved? What is the opportunity being seized? From ideas to solutions – how to solve problems. Does your solution fully solve the problem/opportunity?

Training Camp #2 – Monday, October 29th

Are there revenue streams and profit potential for this solution? Who else is currently solving the problem? How are others solving this problem? Why is your solution better or different? What value does your solution provide? How do I present and pitch? What is the judging criteria?

Semi-Finals Competition – Monday, November 5th 

All competitors will pitch to a panel of judges. Five finalists will be selected to compete in the Finals to claim the honor of The BIG Idea Pitch Winner 2018.

The BIG Idea Pitch Finals & Excellence in Innovation Awards – Wednesday, November 14th  

The Final Competition will take place at the Excellence in Innovation Awards Event held at the Horizon Convention Center.  Attendees will be able to see and hear the five finalists from The BIG Idea Pitch competition where finalists will be given three minutes to pitch business ideas to a panel of distinguished judges. The final results will be revealed that night with prize packages of nearly $30,000 in cash and services awarded.

All competitors will receive valuable feedback, a fun experience, and valuable exposure to business leaders & potential mentors.  For more details or to make a submission, go to and click The BIG Idea Pitch link or contact Alexis Dishman at 765-285-4900.


The BIG Idea Pitch 2018 and the Excellence in Innovation Awards are presented by the Innovation Connector and sponsored in part by: First Merchants Bank, Ball State University, Indiana Michigan Power, MutualBank, Whitinger Strategic Services, Whitinger & Company, Mathewson Law, Jay-Crew, Cooper Consulting, The NIIC, Shafer Leadership Academy, R&R Engineering, Ontario Systems, WLBC, Woof Boom Radio, and the Muncie Journal.

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Muncie Innovation Connector Recognizes Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Excellence in Innovation Awards


For more information on the Innovation Connector, contact Alexis Dishman, or call 765.285.4900.