The PNW Big Sell - sponsored by NIPSCO

The PNW Big Sell

Join us May 1 to hear 12 finalists pitch their big business idea to three regional entrepreneurs. The winner will take home $10,000!


How It Works

Twelve finalists will be chosen who will have six minutes to sell their idea to three regional entrepreneurs on May 1.

Then the top three take home the cash!

  • $10,000 awarded for first place!
  • $5,000 to first runner up
  • $2,500 to second runner up
Contestant making a pitch

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 1

  • Noon — The PNW Big Sell is live
  • 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. 15-minute warning
  • 1 p.m. – Twelve finalists give six-minute presentations with questions from judges
  • 2 to 2:15 p.m. – Intermission
  • 3 p.m. — The PNW Big Sell concludes and judges deliberate
  • 3:30 p.m. — Winner, first runner-up and second runner-up announced and checks presented.

Congrats to Our Finalists

  • Dorene Mabry
  • Emily Edwards
  • Michelle Pearson
  • Jay Weinberg
  • Adrian Alvarez
  • Jeannie Rapstad
  • Dwayne Hunter
  • Rockland Page
  • Galymjohn Kuras
  • Yolanda Monahan
  • Dr. Paul Sommer
  • Jerry Davich

Contest Details

  • CMEC is prepared to assist prospective applicant develop and record pitches by appointment only. Please do not wait until the last minute.
  • If your product has a social benefit, please describe it briefly.
  • If you are selected as a finalist, then prepare to give a live six-minute pitch presentation expanding on your video submission to a panel of judges. You may demonstrate your product and/or use a presentation such as PowerPoint and expect questions from the judges.
  • Submissions may be entered by individuals or teams. For the sake of this document, everyone will be referred to as “teams” or “participants”.
  • All two-minute video submissions must be submitted by April 2, 2021. Finalists will be notified on April 9, 2021.
  • All application forms must be complete at the time of submission. No additional material will be accepted thereafter.
  • All participants selected as finalists must appear and pitch their ideas at the competition on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Any individual or team spokesperson who fails to appear at the competition on Saturday, May 1, 2021, will forfeit all rights in the competition and will be disqualified. No refunds will be issued.
  • Each individual or team has up to six minutes to present their pitch.
  • Teams that plan to use a slideshow or Power Point must provide a flash drive. The slide will be managed on our system by PNW Big Sell organizers.
  • Only the product and/or service can be presented for the audience and judges during the presentation.
  • All participants will be disqualified if they, or someone on their behalf, attempt to approach a judge in connection to this competition.
  • Participants, who promote illegal, illicit, unethical or immoral activities, which may be considered unworthy of association with Purdue University Northwest, will be disqualified.
  • All participants/competitors, by entering this competition, agree to allow Purdue University Northwest to use their application materials, photos, likenesses, presentations and other such information to market, promote and provide information about the PNW Big Sell.
  • Winning teams are required to share the awards from this competition among all team participants.
  • All winners who will be receiving award money and prizes must provide personal information (Social Security number, address, etc.) to Purdue University Northwest. This is a necessary component the university needs to meet under federal and state guidelines.
  • All winners agree that volunteered services must be used within one year from the date of the award and that service providers have up to one year to provide the volunteered services to the winners. If services are not used, this will amount to a void.

Sponsored by NIPSCO


The PNW Big Sell logo


We look forward to seeing your big idea in 2021!

Hosted by Purdue University Northwest College of Business and College of Technology

Purdue University Northwest
Hammond and Westville Indiana