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Becoming the Next Big Fish

We’d like to invite you to the 2nd Annual “Becoming a Big Fish Contest,” sponsored by the Concept to Market Institute at Maharishi International University (MIU)& ChangeMakers, in Fairfield, Iowa on June 6, 2020 (Saturday).

The Becoming a Big Fish Contest– a Shark Tank-like event, featuring Kevin Harrington the original Shark from Shark Tank– is all about college students identifying and developing their own ideas for new products, business and services and setting the stage for them to become a reality. Maybe winning some prize money along the way.

All you have to do is write up your business concept statement based on the guidelines below, submit it by May 30th and then plan on being online on Saturday, June 6th,2020.

The contest will take place in the afternoon (time to be announced). The five finalists will give a 2-3 minute elevator pitch to nationally known judges such as Kevin Harrington. Judges will ask questions and give feedback on each finalist’s presentation. Cash and Scholarship prizes will be announced.

Rules for “Becoming a Big Fish”

Please submit a concept summary no more than a 1000 words, double-spaced to by May 30th.

The Concept Summary should answer the following questions:

1. What is your creative, transformative and innovative idea?

2. What is the product or service you will create?

3. Who are your target customers?

4. What makes your idea unique?

5. How does this business build on your personal strengths and advance your career goals?

6. Prepare a 2-3 minute elevator pitch that you will present if you will be selected as a finalist.

We look forward to hearing your creative ideas!

Cliff Rose, Director

Concept to Market Institute

Maharishi International University


Watch the videos of last year’s event!

Morning Event – Becoming a Transformative Entrepreneur
Three cutting-edge speakers — a business entrepreneur, an artist entrepreneur, and a social entrepreneur — explore the keys to transforming a great idea into entrepreneurial success. Video 1:35:00

Afternoon Event – Becoming A Big Fish: A Shark Tank-like Event
Modeled after the popular TV show “Shark Tank”, five student finalists pitch their best creative ideas to a panel of expert entrepreneurial judges, competing for cash prizes, scholarships, and top business feedback. Video 1:24:00