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2023 Winners Announced!

In 2023, three winners of THE BIG IDEA CHALLENGE: AN EDUCATION INNOVATION CONTEST™  split a total of $500,000 in funding, helping take their winning ideas to the next level. These included a financial literacy platform, an app to help scholarship seekers find support and an app to help students streamline their educational journey. Learn more about the 2023 winners here.

Combined with the winners of the 2022 contest, $775,000 has been awarded to Nevadans to help bring their BIG IDEAS to life.

Details and timeline for 2024 are TBD – stay tuned for updates!


THE BIG IDEA CHALLENGE: AN EDUCATION INNOVATION CONTEST™ provides a jumping-off platform like no other.

No idea is too big or too small – spanning a curriculum tool that strengthens learning for students, a technology concept to boost a school’s infrastructure, a platform to enhance teachers’ efficiency or whatever next great idea can enhance Nevada’s educational landscape.

We want to help jumpstart your unique ideas like never before and up to $500,000 in total contest funds is at stake. These funds will (and must) be used to take your idea to the next level – ultimately making a positive impact on Nevada students.

Supporting the BIG IDEA CHALLENGE are the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and the Engelstad Foundation.

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The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education provides educational opportunities and resources to an otherwise underserved population. Since the inception of the 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit, private charity in 1994, more than $180 million dollars has been raised to benefit the mission of the Foundation including $118 million from the Grand Slam for Children fundraising event. 

The Engelstad Foundation was founded in 2002 to promote medical research, improve the lives of people with disabilities and create new possibilities for high-risk individuals. Since, it has expanded its focus to education reform, healthcare, childhood issues and more. To-date the Foundation has provided more than $300 million in grants to organizations throughout Nevada, North Dakota, Utah, Minnesota and Mississippi.

Let’s keep this simple, shall we?

To enter THE BIG IDEA CHALLENGE: An Education Innovation Contest™, it boils down to this: We want to know all about you, your idea, what inspired it and how you can take it to the next level.


The first step is your chance to pitch us your big idea. This entails completing the official application form, answering a handful of key, preliminary questions, preparing a quick video and submitting it by the contest’s deadline.


Speaking of the deadline, here is one important date to keep in mind for the BIG IDEA CHALLENGE:

2024 Timeline TBD!


The official rules and regulations of the BIG IDEA CHALLENGE are very simple and straight forward.

We’ll be the judge of that!

An esteemed panel of judges selected the winners of THE BIG IDEA CHALLENGE: An Education Innovation Contest™ . The panel made up of business leaders, philanthropists, stewards of education, sports figures and musicians – all collectively active in enriching education through direct work with school systems in K-12 and higher education – is led by a few names and faces known by millions around the globe.

Let’s meet our judges!

Best of luck. We know you’re up for the challenge.