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Do you have a great startup idea that you want to pitch in the UT Dallas Big Idea Competition? Join our friend and serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and venture capitalist, David Evans, as he shares how to create a compelling pitch competition application.

Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP required:   

About the UT Dallas Big Idea Competition

The University of Texas at Dallas’ Big Idea Competition (BIC) is one of the most celebrated events of entrepreneurship in North Texas. Hosted annually by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship the BIC brings the best undergraduate and graduate students together from all disciplines, alongside top research faculty and alumni to pitch the most innovative startups and ideas in front of their peers and a panel of esteemed judges for cash and scholarship awards.

The 2023 BIC offers the following tracks and prizes:

Student Track

  • Student Track Winner: $25,000
  • Student Track Runner-Up: $5,000
  • Student Track Runner-Up: $5,000

Alumni Track

  • Alumni Track Winner: $25,000
  • Alumni Track Runner-Up: $5,000
  • Alumni Track Runner-Up: $5,000

Research Commercialization Track

  • Research Commercialization Track Winner: $40,000
  • Research Commercialization Track Runner-Up: $10,000
  • Research Commercialization Track Runner-Up: $10,000


Click through for links to BIC Applications, deadlines, and RSVP for this workshop   


About David Evans

David Evans is the Managing Partner of Sentiero Ventures, an early-stage venture fund that invests in artificial intelligence enabled software businesses.  He is a serial entrepreneur & technologist who started coding at 14, launched his first company at 19, and has exited multiple times as a founder and investor, including a national digital signage network that was sold to CBS and an Inc 500 eCommerce company that was sold to a strategic buyer.

In addition, David is the facilitator of the CometX Accelerator for student entrepreneurs at the University of Texas at Dallas, a Consultant for the Stamford Startup Studio at the University of Connecticut, and works as an advisor to multiple startups and accelerators.

David also sits on the Mentor Committee of the United Way Social Innovation Accelerator, and organization dedicated to finding, funding, and supporting the most innovative programs to help promote health, education, and income in Dallas’ least served communities.

David is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, a former Beneficial Hodson Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, holds a Certificate in Corporate Finance from Harvard University.


About Blackstone LaunchPad

Blackstone LaunchPad helps students at The University of Texas at Dallas succeed in entrepreneurship and in their careers. Open to all students and recent alumni in all majors, the campus-based Blackstone LaunchPad enables participants to access mentoring, grow their network, and access the resources to accelerate the success of their business.

The Blackstone LaunchPad network helps students succeed in entrepreneurship and in their careers. Accessible to over 700,000 college students per year, LaunchPad is designed to complement existing entrepreneurship on-campus resources, coordinate off-campus opportunities for schools and students to expand their reach, and convene students and staff at world-class events leveraging our industry-leading mentors, networks, and brands.


Parking Structure 3 (PS3), Blackstone LaunchPad
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Anricka Ziller

UTD strives to create inclusive and accessible events in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the event coordinator (listed above) at least 10 business days prior to the event. If you have any additional questions, please email and the AccessAbility Resource Center at

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