Contest Rules


  1. Eligibility 

BIG IDEA CHALLENGE: AN EDUCATION INNOVATION CONTEST (the “Contest”)  is open to legal residents of Nevada who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.  Employees of Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, the Engelstad Family Foundation, and  other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents,  subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family  (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, are not  eligible. Contestants are responsible for determining whether the eligibility limitations apply to  them. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 

  1. Sponsor 

The Contest is sponsored by Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, located at 1120 N.  Town Center Drive, Suite 160, Las Vegas, Nevada 89144; and the Engelstad Family Foundation,  located at 11105 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135. 

  1. Agreement to Official Rules 

Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and  acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding.  Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all  other requirements set forth herein.  

  1. Contest Period 

The first round of the Contest begins on January 11, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific and ends on  March 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific (“Round One”). Round One entries that are submitted before  or after Round One will be disqualified. 

The second round of the Contest begins on May 13, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific and ends on  July 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific (“Round Two”). Round Two entries that are submitted before  or after Round Two will be disqualified. 

The third round of the Contest begins on August 5, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific and ends on  October 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific (“Round Three”). Round Three entries that are submitted  before or after Round Three will be disqualified.

Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest online only by visiting our website ( and following the directions provided to fill out and  submit the entry information for each round. Entries must be received by the times outlined above  to be eligible to win.  

  1. How to Enter 

Contestants must complete and submit the official application form, along with his or her full name, complete address, phone number  (including area code), and date of birth, prior to the end of the Round One. Contestants must submit  such application online, as described above. All entries for Round One must be received before the end of Round One. After Round One ends, any and all applications timely received will be  reviewed by a panel of judges selected by, and in the full discretion of, Sponsor. If selected,  contestants will be invited to participate in Round Two. 

During Round Two, contestants must submit a video introducing himself or herself and  describing his or her idea, along with a formal business plan illustrating how such idea could  potentially be brought to life. Contestants must submit such video and business plan online, as  described above. All entries for Round Two must be received before the end of Round Two. After  Round Two ends, any and all videos and business plans timely received will be reviewed by a  panel of judges selected by, and in the full discretion of, Sponsor. If selected, contestants will be  invited to participate in Round Three. 

During Round Three, contestants must attend an interview, either virtually or in-person,  with a panel of judges selected by, and in the full discretion of, Sponsor. After Round Three ends,  the panel of judges will select a potential winner to be announced on or about December 1, 2022.  The potential winner will be selected based on the following criteria: 40% creativity and  practicality of his or her idea; 40% the potential such idea has to positively impact Nevada students;  and 20% writing skill. Please visit our website ( for more information. 

The potential winners will be selected based on a majority vote of the judges on the panel  selected by, and in the full discretion of, Sponsor. 

Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address, and per household for the duration of the  Contest Period, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person, e-mail address,  or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of  Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all intellectual  property rights, moral rights, copyright, reproduction rights, or similar rights of the authors or  creators to the work submitted shall remain the property of the contestant unless purchased at  professional rates independently of prizes and awards.  

  1. Prize Drawing 

On or about December 01, 2022, the Sponsor will select potential winners. The Sponsor  will attempt to notify the potential winner via telephone or email on or about December 01, 2022.  If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the panel of judges may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place  from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.  

  1. Winner Notification 

The potential winners will be notified by email, mail, or phone. Each potential Grand Prize  winner (parent/legal guardian if a minor in his/her state of residence) will be required to complete,  electronically sign, and submit a Declaration of Compliance within five (5) days of the date notice  or attempted notice is sent in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted,  fails to submit the Declaration of Compliance within the required time period (if applicable),  predeceases the disposition of the prize, or the prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner  forfeits the prize. If the potential winner is at least eighteen (18) but still considered a minor in  his/her jurisdiction of residence, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize in the name of his/her  parent or legal guardian, who will be required to sign the Declaration of Compliance on the  potential winners behalf and fulfill any other requirements imposed on winner set forth herein.  Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules. In its discretion, Sponsor may require winners to sign a release form in order to receive the prize.  Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements enumerated herein. In the event that a  potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an  alternate winner selected based on a majority vote of the judges on the panel from among all  remaining eligible entries. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will  remain un-awarded. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the  Contest.  

  1. Prizes 

Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and the Engelstad Family Foundation will award  prize funds as set forth below. Judging of the applications and the selection of a winner, or winners,  will be ultimately made by an esteemed panel of judges selected by, and in the full discretion of,  Sponsor. 

Grand Prize (5): up to five (5) potential Grand Prize winners will each receive $100,000.00  to be used solely in furtherance of the idea they proposed and submitted to the Contest and panel  of judges. In the event the panel of judges selects, in their sole discretion, less than five (5) potential  Grand Prize winners, the total prize funds may be distributed equally among the selected Grand  Prize winners. If the panel of judges select no Grand Prize winners, Sponsor reserves the right to  issue no awards. Prize winners agree to maintain all receipts, invoices, documentation and other  records evidencing the use and expenditure of prize funds for a period of three (3) years. At the  request of Sponsor, Prize winners will provide Sponsor a full and complete report on the use of  prize funds, including (a) the name and address of prize winner; (b) the date and amount of the  prize; (c) the purpose of the prize; (d) amounts expended by prize winner; (e) whether prize winner  has diverted any portion of the prize funds from the purpose of the award; and (f) supporting  documentation on the use and expenditure of prize funds. Prize winners acknowledge and agree  to provide the requested reports to ensure the prize funds are spent solely for the purpose for which  awarded. The Sponsor shall maintain all records and reports required to maintain and continue  expenditure responsibility and shall make such records and reports available to the Internal  Revenue Service as may be required by law or regulation. If any prize funds are not used solely  for the purpose awarded, the prize winner shall repay all such amounts upon request of the Sponsor and the Sponsor shall adopt reasonable and appropriate procedures to ensure that any prize funds  so diverted will be repaid.  

Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at  Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater  value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. 

  1. General Conditions 

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any  way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human or  computer intervention, or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest fails to receive  adequate submissions or is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor  in its sole discretion, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, (a) suspend the Contest to address the  impairment or technical problems and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to  the spirit of these Official Rules; (b) terminate the Contest and award the prizes from among the  eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment or technical problems; or  (c) terminate the Contest and not award any prizes. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole  discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the  operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike  or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the  legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and should such  an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney’s fees) and any  other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by Sponsor to  enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.  

  1. Notice 

This Contest is void where prohibited. Participation in the Contest, where lawful,  constitutes permission to use name, voice, photograph, or likeness of prize winners for  advertising/publicity purposes without additional compensation. All tax liability on all prizes is  solely the responsibility of the prize winner. The prize winner will receive an IRS Form 1099 if  the prize value is over $600.  

  1. Release and Limitations of Liability 

By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor,  and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies,  other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors,  employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any  claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize  (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical  errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted, or unavailable Internet Service  Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or  accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable  transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected  transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b)  unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer,  human, printing, or typographical errors; (d) lost, late, incomplete, garbled, illegible, undelivered, stolen, damaged, delayed, postage-due, or misdirected mail, entries, or application downloads, (e)  any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors  that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the  cancellation or postponement of the event and/or the flyover, if applicable, the incorrect  downloading of the application, the processing of entries application downloads, or in any Contest related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses, or damages of any kind, to persons or property which  may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Contest  or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto).  Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to  the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to  receive attorney’s fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or  programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any  damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect  damages.  

  1. Disputes 

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, and causes  of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest, these rules, or any prize awarded shall be  resolved individually, without resorting to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration  in Las Vegas, Nevada in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association; provided however, that a party may seek equitable relief as appropriate in state or federal court located in Las  Vegas, Nevada. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and  enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants’ rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations  of Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with  the laws of Nevada, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules which would  cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Nevada. Judgment upon the award  rendered by the arbitrators may be entered in any court having jurisdiction hereof. 

  1. Privacy  

Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy. The Sponsor  shall maintain all submissions, Contest information, records and reports required for Sponsor to  maintain and continue expenditure responsibility for prize funds and shall make such records and  reports available to the Internal Revenue Service as may be required by law or regulation. 

  1. Winner List 

The Winners List will be available on the Contest website after the prize drawing date  (listed above). To request the Winners List, you can also send an email to