2018 Big Idea Challenge

2018 Big Idea Challenge

Competition year

Active Dates (GMT):
Wed, 8 Nov 2017 00:00 - Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:59

Global Competition

Student developers around the world are asked every year to pitch their projects to investors, partners, customers, publishers, and even potential teammates. It’s how you share your vision, how you persuade people that you don’t just have the right idea, you’re also the right team to make it happen. Every winning pitch has a solid project plan to back it up. Want to win the Imagine Cup and get your project funded? Judges will want to know the why and the how you plan to bring your project to market.

Pitch your world changing Imagine Cup idea and your team could win $3,000 USD, and technical resources to take your idea to the next level!

• $3,000 USD - 1st Place prize
• $2,000 USD - 2nd Place prize
• $1,000 USD - 3rd Place prize
• Judge feedback on project submission – Top 10 teams
• $600 in Azure credits – Top 50 teams

How can you get a head start on the Imagine Cup? Create a three-minute pitch video as well as a project plan document and let us know what your Imagine Cup idea is all about. Your entry will be reviewed by a team of judges who will score it on a number of different criteria as described in the Official Rules below.

We’ve got plenty of resources to get you started: Take a look at winning Imagine Cup pitches as well as how to build your project plan, both should help you feel confident in taking that first step towards the Imagine Cup!

Competition Rules

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Students 16 and older worldwide

Team size

Up to 3 competitors


Submissions close on January 31, 2018


$3,000 USD, Azure credits and Project Feedback

Online or live


Submission requirements

Pitch Video and Project Plan