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Big Idea Kearney

Big Idea Kearney is a business pitch competition that gives participants a chance to win up to $2,000 in seed money.


Ideas are submitted in advance and narrowed down to a group of ten finalists. Finalists compete to win money and resources to make their ideas a reality. Ideas are pitched live in front of an audience and panel of judges in 2 minutes or less. Judges determine the Top 3 winners, and the audience will vote for People’s Choice.


UNK students and Kearney area residents can submit ideas. The business can be retail-based, technology-driven, a product invention, food service, service-based, etc. The sky is the limit!


Submission is open through February 20th. Apply at unk.edu/bigidea.

Pitch Night

Finalists will pitch their ideas in front of a live audience on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024, at Legacy on the Bricks in downtown Kearney. Social will start at 5:30 PM and pitches will start at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

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