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Emerging Innovation Scholars (BIG Ideas)


Emerging Innovation Scholars (BIG Ideas), launched by The University of Alabama Honors College in collaboration with Innovate Alabama, consists of a student innovation contest, taking place in the fall and spring semesters, progressing young entrepreneurs and developing ideas. The entry-level program encourages students with limited or no competition experience to develop their entrepreneurial ideas and transform their thinking through creativity and ingenuity.

The program funds research for eminent scholars working in areas of commercial viability and supports their entrepreneurial development.


Any University of Alabama Honors student may submit and pitch an idea to the Emerging Innovation Scholars Program (BIG Ideas) panel. All team members must be current UA undergraduates or Stillman College Honors undergraduates who are in good academic standing. Teams should consist of 3-5 members who each must participate in all activities.


Phase I
Pre-proposal Criteria:

A 3 page pre-proposal and a 1 minute video. Identify a social problem and a proposed solution with emphasis on the solution’s creativity.

Phase II

An 8-10 page proposal and a 5-minute video. Increased emphasis on viability.

Phase II also requires a 30- to 60-second video and a short description with non-proprietary information that may be used for marketing purposes.

Learn More

To learn about upcoming Emerging Innovation Scholar (BIG Ideas) programming, visit For questions, please contact Gordon Martin, director of the Kennemer Center, at