The Big Idea Competition @Texas Startups Roadshow (Ft. Mark Cuban)

Big Idea Competition at Texas Startups Roadshow
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Presented by The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies

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The University of Texas at Dallas Big Idea Competition (BIC) is one of the most celebrated nights of entrepreneurship in North Texas. Keynoted by Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) and with $200,000 in scholarship awards and cash prizes, BIC is the marquee event of Capital Factory’s virtual Texas Startup Roadshow.

For 14 years, this event recognized the entrepreneurial progress of UT Dallas students, faculty, and alumni. This year’s event has grown to include innovative research from the labs of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Join us as we bring together the best undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines, alongside top research faculty and alumni, to pitch the most innovative startups and ideas to a panel of esteemed judges.


Past highlights include

  • Over 1,000 attendees each year
  • $100,000+ in prize money and scholarships
  • Past winners have gone on to win other state or national competitions and formed companies that have raised venture capital, generated revenue, and created jobs


Keynote from Mark Cuban


About The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas is a Carnegie R1 classification (Doctoral Universities – highest research activity) institution, located in a suburban setting 20 miles north of downtown Dallas. The University enrolls 30,000 students — and offers a broad array of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

A high-energy, nimble, innovative institution, UT Dallas offers top-ranked science, engineering and business programs and has gained prominence for a breadth of educational paths from audiology to arts and technology. The UT Dallas faculty includes a Nobel laureate, six members of the National Academies and more than 570 tenured and tenure-track professors.


About the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Founded in the Naveen Jindal of School of Management in the early 2000s, the institute operates across the University’s eight schools, with the mission of enabling the next generation’s new ventures. The institute also serves students at the Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas and runs one of the largest pitch competitions in North Texas, as well as the award-winning UT Dallas Seed Fund.


About Pegasus Park 

A dynamic ecosystem that promotes collaboration, cross-creativity and entrepreneurship, J. Small Investments, in partnership with Lyda Hill Philanthropies, has unveiled plans for Pegasus Park, a 23-acre, 750,000 square foot mixed-use office campus designed to bolster local biotech, social impact and corporate innovation. Boasting new state-of-the-art facilities and amenities, such as a conference center and shared wet labs (BioLabs at Pegasus Park), the repurposed development will open in 2021 and feature four components – a biotech “plus” hub, a social impact hub, commercial tenants, and entertainment/dining venues. Learn more at


About Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Lyda Hill Philanthropies encompasses the charitable giving for founder Lyda Hill and includes her foundation and personal philanthropy. The organization is committed to funding transformational advances in science and nature, empowering nonprofit organizations and improving the Texas and Colorado communities. Because Miss Hill has a fervent belief that “science is the answer” to many of life’s most challenging issues, she has chosen to donate the entirety of her estate to philanthropy and scientific research.


About UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty has received six Nobel Prizes, and includes 25 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 16 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. The full-time faculty of more than 2,500 is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide care in about 80 specialties to more than 105,000 hospitalized patients, nearly 370,000 emergency room cases, and oversee approximately 3 million outpatient visits a year.


About Capital Factory

Capital Factory (  is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas, the number one startup state in the U.S. Thousands of entrepreneurs, programmers and designers gathered day and night, in-person and online for meetups, classes and coworking. We meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers. According to Pitchbook, Capital Factory has been the most active investor in Texas since 2013. (