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Big Idea Competition

CLC Big Idea Competition 2019

Important Dates

January 15 through March 17, 2019 – Applications accepted. Late applications cannot be accepted.

March 22, 2019  – Finalists will be selected and notified via email no later than March 22.

April 15, 2019 – Finalists will "pitch" their ideas in person at the CLC Big Idea Competition

Grayslake Campus
Conference Room A013
7-9 p.m.

Competition Guidelines

Review the Competition Guidelines (PDF) prior to submitting your application.

How to Apply

Upload your 2-3 minute business idea video to YouTube and complete the submission application (video link must be included on the application).

See sample CLC Big Idea videos


For more information, please contact:

Venkat Krishnamurthy
Instructor, Business Administration

The College of Lake County is excited to announce the fourth annual campus-wide student business idea competition.

Do you have the next BIG IDEA? The CLC Big Idea Competition is designed to foster entrepreneurship, innovation and partnership with local businesses. The CLC Big Idea Competition 2019 invites CLC students to use their creativity to develop and share their best ideas for a new product, service or business. No financials or business plans are needed, just a great idea with the potential to solve a problem, harness an opportunity or change the world!

Students will compete at a friendly, live event with an expert panel of judges from the local business community.

The 2019 event is sponsored by CLC Business and Social Sciences division and our business partner, the Suzy’s Swirl Company, with additional student support from the CLC Business Club.

  • $1,000 cash grand prize for 1st place winner
  • $500 cash prize for 2nd place winner
  • $250 cash prize for 3rd place winner

Competition Finalist Presentations and Awards Ceremony will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the CLC Grayslake Campus.

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