Final Event

Final Competition and Awards Ceremony

 

Finalists:

  • The top scoring eight (8) written idea entries from each competition will be chosen for the final competition.
  • Each finalist team will give a verbal presentation.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the finalists based on their presentations scores at the virtual event or the final event.
  • Entries that score within 10% of the finalists will be designated as Honorable Mention.
  • Of all the Wellness entries submitted, one winner is chosen overall and recognized at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Of all the Agriculture Innovation* entries submitted, one winner is chosen overall and recognized at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Of all the Hometown Business* entries submitted, one winner is chosen overall and recognized at the Awards Ceremony.
  • Of all the Makers Award* entries submitted, one winner is chosen overall and recognized at the Awards Ceremony.
  • * Award can only be won by a South Dakota Student

Final Competition:

  • Held on the same day as the final competition at Northern State University in Aberdeen
  • Includes business owners who will share their entrepreneurship experiences
  • Finalists and category winners will give a short description of their business idea
  • All students who participated in the general competition can attend.

Final Competition:

    There will be eight (8) written idea entries for each competition chosen for the final competition. Each finalist team will give a verbal presentation. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three places based on a combination of their written and verbal scores. Each finalist team member will receive a certificate acknowledging them as a finalist. Entries that score within 10% of the finalists will be designated as Honorable Mention.

Download the Final Competition Agenda (PDF)

The Virtual Competition will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2024. The Final Competition will be Wednesday, December 11, 2024. 

Media may be present during the final event to capture interviews, pictures or videos.

Elevator pitches and presentations from previous years’ finalists can be seen on the Previous Winners page or on the BIG Idea SD YouTube channel.