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2015 Competition Categories

  • All applicants must decide and choose under which category they will compete.

    1. Technology – An idea that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation in the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, and methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a pre-existing solution to a problem, achieve a goal, handle an applied input/output relation or perform a specific function.
    2. Social Entrepreneurship or Environmental – Ideas in this category address the most essential community problems and environmental issues. It can be a product (technology) or innovative business activity that can solve a social or environmental matter. This can include educational programs, micro financing, curing a disease, clean water systems, reducing pollution, etc.
    3. Open Category – This is an all-inclusive category. If your idea doesn’t fit under the above categories, it probably belongs here. This can include both products and services.

The committee reserves the right to evaluate and move an idea into a different category if it better fits the other classification.

 

Big Sell Application

Please check both boxes before answering any questions.

I have read and agree to the rules of The Big Sell Entrepreneurship Competition.

I have read and agree to all terms and conditions listed below.

Please determine a group spokesperson and list all members of this team.

Choose a Category

(1) Technology

(2) Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental

(3) Open Category

 

 

Team Captain - Spokesperson

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Team Member 1

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Describe your idea. (100 words or less)

   

Why will your idea work? (100 words or less)

   

How long will it take to bring your product/service to market and why? (50 words or less)

   

What will it take to make it happen (money, equipment, people, etc.)? (100 words or less)

   

What is the profit potential and economic impact of your idea? (100 words or less)

   

As an applicant entering The Big Sell Entrepreneurship Competition, I hereby authorize Purdue University Calumet to record (audio, video, photograph, etc.) my likeness, voice, sounds, biographical material, submission material, and participation during the events associated with this competition. In addition, I allow Purdue University Calumet to exhibit or distribute any such recordings in whole or in part without restrictions or limitation for any educational or promotional purposes that Purdue University Calumet, and those acting pursuant to its authority, deem appropriate.

I understand and agree that if I am selected as a one of the top 50 Competitors of the Big Sell Entrepreneurship Competition that I will participate in promotions, advertisements, endorsements, testimonials and make appearances at the discretion of Purdue University Calumet. This is a one year agreement that starts the day after the competition, the year in which you participate, and will run continuously until the day of the following year’s competition. I further understand that participation in these activities will be arranged in accordance to my availability and at no cost to me.
Appearance Definition: An appearance may include but not limited to radio, television, newspaper and magazine interviews. Public appearances at events such as fundraising events, contests, speaking engagements, tradeshows/Expos/Conventions, workshops/seminars and other such promotional events.  

Winning teams are required to share the awards from this competition among all team members. All winners that will be receiving award money and prizes must provide personal information (social security, address, etc.) to Purdue University Calumet before any awards are distributed. All winners agree that in-kind services have to be used within one year from the date of the award and that service providers have up to one year to provide the in-kind services to the winners. Finally, I hereby release the judges and Purdue University Calumet, including its officers, employees, agents, and trustees, from liability for any losses, damages or injuries from The Big Sell Entrepreneurship Competition.