Have a Big Idea? Join the PNW Big Sell!

Have a Big Idea? Join the PNW Big Sell!

Do you have a great business or product idea? The PNW’s Big Sell, presented by NIPSCO, is going to be a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their big ideas and potentially earn some outstanding startup funding prizes!

The event will be hosted by the Purdue University Northwest College of Business and Technology.

The first step in entering the Big Sell is submission of a video describing your idea. Video submission review/judging will be completed by April 8 and the 10-12 Finalists will be identified in an email to all those who submitted. CMEC is prepared to assist prospective applicant develop and record pitches by appointment only. (Interested parties are advised not to wait until the last minute.)

Much more information, as well as the contest rules, are available here.

Finalists will present live at CMEC on April 29th.

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.

  • $7,500 awarded for 1st place!
  • $3,500 to 1st Runner Up
  • $2,000 to 2nd Runner up

The event takes place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(Doors open at 12:30 p.m.)

Purdue University Northwest
James B. Dworkin Students Services and Activities Complex
1401 S. US Highway 421
Westville, IN 46391


The following twelve finalists for 2017 were invited to present six-minute live pitches at The PNW Big Sell:

  • Amelia Wistuk, Southern Vermont College
  • RJ Jarecki, Purdue NW, CMEC
  • Alex Finch, Purdue Foundry
  • Matthew Albaugh, Purdue Foundry
  • Cody Welch, IUPUI
  • Rick Peregoy, NWI Region Resident, CMEC
  • Caren DeCesaris, Purdue NW, CMEC
  • Ryan Preston, Purdue Foundry
  • Oliver Wendt, Purdue Foundry
  • Glenn Landmesser, NWI Region Resident, CMEC
  • Jennifer Lovette-Cephus, NWI Region Resident, CMEC
  • Scott Massey, Purdue Foundry