The top 40 finalists for this year’s Raymond Ideas Challenge have been selected, and their video pitches are now available online. The top three ideas from the online voting will receive prize money of $1,000, $500 and $250.

Each spring, the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Mays Business School hosts the Ideas Challenge, which asks students, “What is your big idea?” Participants submit their work to a panel of judges, who then narrow the field to the top 40 finalists, who compete for cash prizes. New this year is the requirement that finalists post their idea video online for voting by the general public. These videos should explain why each participant believes his or her idea is the best.

Qukku, the platform being used for online voting, is also an Aggie startup. Stephen White ’96 (PPA) is the founder and CEO. He participated in the MBA Venture Challenge in 2013 and also sat on the CNVE Executive Committee from 2007 to 2010.

Everyone is also encouraged to follow the contest online using the hashtag #CNVEIdeas. To vote for your favorite ideas, visit

To learn more about Ideas Challenge, visit

Interested in attending Ideas Challenge as a judge this year? Visit


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