Texas High School Ideas Challenge

The Texas High School Ideas Challenge motivates high school students to explore entrepreneurship and discover the benefit of an entrepreneurial mindset. The Challenge is modeled after the Raymond Ideas Challenge available to current students at Texas A&M University. To compete, students only need an idea! There is no business plan or product development required for the Texas High School Ideas Challenge. Students must prepare and submit a compelling application that illustrated the creative, careful, and methodical planning that has gone into their idea.

All Texas high school students may participate and students may submit ideas individually or as a team. If you know of a student who would be interested in the Texas High School Ideas Challenge then submit an online recommendation form and we will provide them with more information.

After the application deadline, all entries will be reviewed in a Pre-Screen Round and scored by a hand-selected group of judges. Finalists will be selected from this Round and invited to pitch their ideas at the Final Pitch Event. Winners will be announced and awarded prizes during an Awards Reception that same evening. 

Important Dates

  • Applications Open Online — Monday, February 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline — Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
  • Finalists Announced — During the Week of April 12, 2021
  • Final Pitch Event & Awards Reception  — Friday, April 30, 2021

Student Eligibility

For specific details regarding eligibility rules and requirements please refer to the Competition Guide.

  • Only current Texas residents enrolled in high school are eligible to compete.
  • Competitors must be between the ages of 14-18.
  • Competitors may choose to enter as an individual or as a team (limit of 5 members per team).
  • Competitors/teams may submit as many ideas as they wish. Note that each idea will require a separate application. A single person will be allowed to participate in no more than two ideas as a Finalist

How to Apply

To enter, competitors must complete and submit an entry form through the designated online system. By submitting an idea, competitors certify that all ideas submitted are their own original work and that they have read and accept all terms, conditions, and rules of the competition outlined in the competition handbook. For additional details and a listing of all required materials for applications please refer to the competition handbook.

What Judges Are Looking For

The judges are looking for competitors who have an outstanding idea and clearly indicate that their idea creates values. Judges are also looking for competitors whose idea is able to defend itself against other ideas in the competition. Finally, each idea should demonstrate to the judges that it is viable in the marketplace with clear evidence that the idea is attractive to a customer. As a whole, an application should serve as a convincing argument as to why the idea is valuable, unique, viable, and needed.

Interested in Judging? Let us know.

2021 Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2021 Texas High School Ideas Challenge. Contact Shanna Spencer if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or corporate partner.

Help Spread the Word!

We want to inspire every young entrepreneur across Texas to pursue their passion and submit their idea for this year’s competition. Help us reach more students by sharing our flyers, social media posts, and more.