UW-Stout is calling all students who have a good business idea or who are interested in entrepreneurship.
The Discovery Center Fab Lab, room 132 of the Applied Arts Building, will host a kickoff event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, for the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament.
The tournament, coordinated by UW-Extension, is open to undergraduates from any UW System two- or four-year campus except UW-Madison.
Students from the state will compete against each other to determine the best student business idea. The state finals are April 11 in Madison.
The state winner advances to the International Business Model competition.
At the Oct. 22 event in the Fab Lab, students will learn about the contest, network and discuss their ideas. Refreshments will be provided.
Eventually, two teams will be chosen to develop their ideas and represent UW-Stout in the state competition.
During the tournament, students will have access to resources from the UW System. Some funding may be available.
The tournament teaches students cutting-edge Lean startup tools, provides business mentorship and gives students a chance to compete for paid internships along with the top prize, according to the contest website.