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 through a 45-second video pitch and you could take home your share of $10,000 in prize money.

2019 Important Dates

  • Tuesday, October 1: Applications Open
  • Thursday, October 10: Informational #1
  • Monday, October 14: Informational #2
  • Thursday, October 17: Applications Close
  • Friday November 1-15: Online Voting Period
  • Thursday, November 7: Finalist Workshop
  • Sunday, November 17: 2019 Raymond Ideas Challenge

How to Apply

Applying to Raymond Ideas Challenge is simple. To apply, submit a 45-second video pitch that explains why 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 in-person on November 17, 2019. Members of the business and academic worlds judge each submission to select the 40 finalists.

All currently-enrolled students at Texas A&M are eligible to compete, including graduate and PhD students. Your 45-second video can be as simple as a smart-phone recording of you explaining your BIG IDEA.

Competition Day

The 2019 Raymond Ideas Challenge will take place Sunday, November 17. 40 finalists selected from the 2019 applicants will be invited to present their 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 and questions from the judging panel. In addition, an online-only portion of Raymond Ideas Challenge will take place from November 1-15 where viewers can vote for their favorite idea.

2018 Raymond Ideas Challenge Winners:

  • First Place: Ahad Azimuddin; L-Clip
  • Second Place: Tokunbo Falohun; BioCompass
  • Third Place: Elise Hackney, Benjamin Omonira, Seth Reine; Biocompatible Projectile
  • Video Pitch
    • First Place: Ahad Azimuddin; L-Clip
    • Second Place: Catherine Sinacori; Painless Medical Solution for Pets
    • Third Place: Elise Hackney, Benjamin Omonira, Seth Reine; Biocompatible Projectile
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Zak Llamo-Cohen; Synthetic Nerve for the Treatment of Nerve Damage
    • Alfredo Costilla-Reyes; The Essential Wearable
    • Andrew Liao; Madoc Security
    • Cade Anderson, Noah Fleury; Hynge Battery Operated Door Opener
  • PDC/TEEX Award
    • Ahad Azimuddin; L-Clip

Learn more about previous Raymond Ideas Challenge winners.