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What's your Big Idea?

What is Your Big Idea?

7th Annual Big Idea Competition: What’s Your Big Idea?

Submit your Big Idea pitch video 
no later than Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by 12 p.m. 

Submit your video online


First Place      $1,000

Second Place    $500

Third Place       $250

Fan favorite      $250

Big Idea Viewing Party and Awards Ceremony 
Thursday, November 17

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Careers Building, Room 200


The Big Idea Competition is an opportunity for AACC students to showcase a unique or original idea. This event is an opportunity for you to get creative and identify opportunities in the marketplace that solve a problem or create a convenience. Your video should be persuasive, imagining that your audience is made up of potential investors. Imagine that you were putting the video on your “Go Fund Me” page.

Judges will review submitted videos and score submissions (see scoring rubric below.) Top videos will be viewed Thursday, November 17th 3:30-4:30 p.m. in CRSC 200. Prizes will be awarded during the awards ceremony and celebration 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. And, a fan favorite will be awarded based on daily votes online from November 14th 8 a.m. to November 16th at 8 a.m.


Submission rules:

Must be an AACC student in good standing (financially and academically) who is currently enrolled in at least one credit or non-credit course or has completed at least one course at AACC between January 1, 2016 and November 8, 2016.

Must have a Student ID.

Must complete the FAFSA.

If a group enters, at least 50% of the team, and preferably more, of the group must meet the above enrollment criteria. All group members must be clearly identified in the submission, and a contact name, telephone, and e-mail address must be provided.

All ideas must be original. The entrant must attest to those facts in the submission.

By submitting your Big Idea, you understand, agree and authorize your video to be publicly viewed.

Must submit the Big idea online via the link from www.aacc.edu/esi/

Must submit a video between 90 and 120 seconds. Videos will be cut off after 120 seconds.

Please submit using the following Video Format requirements:

  • Best Format:  .MPEG2 HD 1920 X 1080 or .MOV files. (Videos should be converted to MP4)
  • Must stay within the max. length:  90 sec/120 sec max. Videos will be cut after 120 seconds. 
  • Use a mic as close to your subject as possible without getting it in the shot. Or, use a clip-on lavaliere (lapel) mic.
  • Make sure your surroundings are quiet, unless that is part of your video.
  • Use good lighting.  Make sure your subject is well lit.  Shoot outdoors if possible.
  • Watch for “photo bombers” as they will rob your viewer’s attention.

Scoring Rubric





Introduction, catchy preview,
effective close, 
within time requirements :90 to 1:20


Unique/Creative idea

Product or service is an original 
idea that demonstrates 
creativity and innovation


Value proposition

Features and demand are clear 
and convincing


Prototype/Service Simulation

Effective in demonstrating the product 
or service capability


Target Market defined

Target market is clearly defined


Quality video submission

Video production is professional 
and effective


Overall effectiveness

“It Factor” – stands out, 
demonstrates potential






Suggested Resources

We encourage you to watch Shark Tank videos. View the Scrub Daddy example.

Entrepreneurship and Business Management faculty have volunteered to provide feedback on your videos. Sign up for a coaching session.

Email esi@aacc.edu or visit www.aacc.edu/esi/ if you have questions.