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2023 BIG IDEA Pitch Contest

The BIG IDEA Pitch Contest gives you an opportunity to pitch your business idea to a panel of expert judges. It all starts with a BIG IDEA. We are looking for innovative products and services that solve real problems to satisfy the needs of growing markets. 

If chosen as a finalist, you will pitch live at the College of DuPage to a panel of judges and to a livestreamed audience. The contest is open for general public viewing and we encourage your family, friends, teachers and colleagues to attend!


  • 1st Prize: $5,000
  • 2nd Prize: $4,000
  • 3rd Prize: $3,000

All finalists will receive a six-month membership to Innovation DuPage.

Pitch Contest Finalists

  • AmpPost, College of DuPage
  • Aqua Safe, Hinsdale South High School
  • BTB Technologies, Downers Grove South High School
  • EXA, Naperville Central High School
  • InstaPark, Elmhurst University
  • SignAll, Illinois Math and Science Academy
  • Terraclu, Illinois Math and Science Academy
  • Vision Architect Optics / Vision Architect Service, College of DuPage

In partnership with Business and Applied Technology Division, Continuing Education and Innovation DuPage.


College of DuPage Business and Applied Technology


Innovation DuPage


Previous Big IDea Pitch Contests