YE The Big Idea is a virtual pitch competition open to YE students and alumni age 13 to 22. We welcome and reward Big Ideas inspired by YE’s 8 Foundational Values in six different categories ranging from non-profits to inventions. 


March 2 – April 17: Submission period

May 8: Judges’ feedback shared via email with applicants

May 4-8: Social media voting to select People’s Choice winner from top 25 (ends at 11:59 p.m. CST)

May 11: Winners announced

What are the prizes?

Up to $20,000 in prize money is available for contestants of The Big Idea competition. 


You can find the following support materials at

  • Competition Guide
  • Supporting Document Guide
  • Scoring Guide
  • Video Pitch Guide
  • Digital version of the Student Recruitment Flyer
    • A copy of this flyer will also be mailed to your school to post in your classroom

An Educator Info Session was held on Monday, February 3 to discuss the details of the competition and answer questions. You can view the recording here.



 All Notifications

We're evolving
Say hello to Empowered.
A new organization from your friends at Youth Entrepreneurs.
Skip to content