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Great Ideas Competition

Event Held on November 6th & 7th, 2019

The Great Ideas Competition is one of two campus-wide business plan events sponsored every year at BYU-Hawaii. It is organized by the Mark and Laura Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship. The Great Ideas Competition gives students the opportunity to enhance their ability as leaders while learning both business and social entrepreneurship skills. 

The event will be held on November 6th and 7th at the Polynesian Cultural Center and will feature keynote speakers who will also serve as judges during the event.

$24,000 IN PRIZES



Revenue | Pre-Revenue | Impact | Young Entrepreneurs

  • 1st Place: $3,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,000


  • October 2, 2019 6pm – Competition Kickoff
  • October 9, 2019 6pm – How to Create a Winning Story
  • October 16, 2019 6pm – How to Create a Winning Video
  • October 23, 2019 6pm – How to Create a Winning Submission



Enter your name and email address below to get the official Great Ideas information packet, contest rules, and details on what you are to submit. Note that all updates and reminders related to the contest will be sent to the email you provide.

Student Resources

If you are needing some help with your pitch or your PowerPoint for the competition, check out the resources below.

Need Help With Your Pitch?

Come to our workshops to find other students who want to help take your ideas to the world!

The Willes Center can also provide mentors to finalists in the competition.

No Idea? No Problem!

Maybe you are creative, or a numbers person, or a great manager. Come to a workshop to find an idea you believe in.

Somebody has a world-changing idea here at BYU-Hawaii, and they need your help!

Former Winners

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