Raymond Ideas Challenge

The Raymond Ideas Challenge


The Raymond Ideas Challenge wants to hear your BIG idea. This campus-wide idea competition challenges undergraduate and graduate students from any major to dream up the next great product, service, or solution. No prototype or business plan needed. Simply submit your idea and you could take home your share of $10,000 in prize money.

Important Dates

The Raymond Ideas Challenge is hosted each Fall. Dates for 2021 will be posted Summer of 2021.

How to Apply

Applying to Raymond Ideas Challenge is online and easy! Simply submit your idea application online! Your application should explain how your BIG idea will change the world. Tell us why your idea is important, the impact it can have, and the problem it solves. Finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants and will be invited to compete live in front of a panel of judges. Members of the business and academic worlds judge each submission to select the finalists.

All currently-enrolled students at Texas A&M University are eligible to compete, including graduate and Ph.D. students.

Competition Day

The 2020 Raymond Ideas Challenge Awards Ceremony is available to watch via recorded live stream here or on the McFerrin Center Facebook page. Finalists are selected from all applicants and are invited to present the idea to a panel of judges and compete for $10,000 in prize money. Judging panels are made up of business professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Finalists will have 5 minutes to present their idea and then will have 5 minutes to answer any questions from the judging panel.

2020 Raymond Ideas Challenge Winners:

  • First Place Award of $2,000: Alzheimer’s Gamma Frequency Therapeutic Device – Julia Felder ’24, Carmen Gaas ’24
  • Second Place Award of $1,500 sponsored by Frogslayer: Ai-RIS the Portable Retinal Imaging System – Marcus DeAyala, Tokunbo Falohun, Daniel Kermany, Harsha Mohan, Amir Tofighi Zavareh, Uthej Vattipalli
  • Third Place Award of $1,000 sponsored by Frogslayer: Wax-stic: The Wax That Replaces Plastic – Grant Hankins ’21, Jack Stewart ’21, Ty Thibodeaux ’21
  • Fourth Place Award of $850: Card Stock Exchange – Joseph Escobar ’22
  • Fifth Place Award of $650: Chronos 360 – Hassan Anifowose ’23
  • Sixth Place Award of $450: On.ai – Sanjay Kumaran ’23

Honorable Mentions – $250 Awarded to each winner

  • Construction Shield – Pepito Thelly ’22
  • InterChange – Laura Tolan ’21
  • Career Readiness Marketplace for the 21st Century Workforce – Naomi Woods ’24
  • Virus Breathalyzer: Detecting Bugs with a Single Breath – Nathaniel Fernandes ’24
  • Therapy Doll – Anna Huang ’24, Nyima Sanneh ’24
  • 4 Paws – Reagan Kinley ’21
  • Vacation Sitters – Taylor Castillo ’21

Learn more about previous Raymond Ideas Challenge winners.