Big Ideas is the University of California’s leading early-stage social innovation competition. Now in its 15th year, Big Ideas provides funding up to $20,000, support, and validation to interdisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students who have transformative solutions to real-world problems.
Big Ideas accepts student-led, early-stage projects or ideas with a social impact focus. The contest is open to students from across all 10 UC campuses. Students can submit their applications online at bigideascontest.org/apply. Deadline for pre-proposals is Nov. 20.
UC Santa Cruz students can schedule an advising appointment with Alia Roca-Lezra, a fourth-year economics and environmental studies student, who is the UCSC Big Ideas Innovation Ambassador. Appointments may be made at calendly.com/aliabigideas. Roca-Lezra said her role is to help advise and support students throughout their application process, promote the contest, and get to know the entrepreneurship environment on campus.