What's the Big Idea?! Business Plan Competition 2012


Application deadline



Competition Organizer

The Development Corporation of Knox County, the Knoxville Chamber, and Tech2020

Local US Event
Knoxville, TN
Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Business - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible

Open to applicants who are a new, independent enterprise in the seed capital, start-up, or early growth stages. Business plans should clearly exhibit the potential for growth and job creation in the Innovation Valley of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Important Dates

Applications are due on April 13, 2012. Quarterfinalists must submit executive summaries by May 14, 2012. 6 Semifinalists will deliver 10 minute pitches on May 24, 2012, before 3 finalists are selected. The Finale of the competition will take place on June 14, 2012, where finalists will present and the winner of the competition will be announced. 

Competition Prizes

The winner will receive a grand prize package valued at over $24,000 in cash grants.

Other Info

The four-stage process will recognize 12 quarterfinalists, six semifinalists, and three finalists over a two month period beginning in April. The competition includes four "Idea Launch" seminars for the 12 quarterfinalists, teaching them how to navigate the various stages of launching a business.