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

Important Dates

  • Online Applications Open: Thursday, October 1
  • Online Applications Close: Sunday, October 18
  • Competition Day: Sunday, November 15

How to Apply

Applying to Raymond Ideas Challenge is online and easy! Simply submit your idea application and a 45-second video pitch. Your application and video 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 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 University are eligible to compete, including graduate and PhD students. In addition to the application your 45-second video can be as simple as a smart-phone recording of you explaining your BIG IDEA.

Competition Day

40 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.

2019 Raymond Ideas Challenge Winners:

  • First Place: Brianna Armstrong, Stephanie Young; SKYPaws, LLC.
  • Second Place: Luke Raglin; SimpleSeat
  • Third Place: Shreedevi Arun Kumar, Kaivalya Deo; 3D Bio-Printed Pancreas
  • Best Video

    • Bruce Kelly, Stephen Lorenzen; Lit Seating
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Daniel De Clute-Melancon; Changing the World by Providing Local Access to Urban Air
    • Seth Polsley; Accessible Fitness Tracking for People with Disabilities or Injuries
    • Mary Chandra, Molly Coon, Elizabeth Matthews; G-Sense
    • Hassan Anifowose; Chronos 360
    • Nash Porter; Kisby Virtual Lifeguard
  • AXLE BOX Award
    • Nash Porter; Kisby Virtual Lifeguard

Learn more about previous Raymond Ideas Challenge winners.