To be eligible, applicants must be residential, full-time undergraduate students in their freshman, sophomore or junior year at a college or university located in the United States. Students of any nationality or citizenship and all academic majors are welcome to apply. Applicants must also be 18 years of age by March 1, 2024.
Submissions can be in the form of an essay addressing the topic, a business plan meant to address the topic or combination of the two. Entries do not have a word limit, but are limited to five pages of content. Content submitted should be well structured and clearly highlight the problem/challenge and proposed solutions. Evidence, including data, quotes, reports, charts, graphs, tables, etc. may be included when relevant. If evidence is provided from another source, appropriate citation should be made. Submissions may be part of a class assignment or project as long as they represent the work of a single individual and are formatted to adhere to the five-page limit.
Meet Past Participants
Get to know a few of the winning students who received an all-expenses paid trip to Duke's Fuqua School of Business to pitch their concept to influential leaders - and explore the new ideas they propose for business.
The New Ideas application is open and the deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Decisions will be released on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Winners will be invited to visit campus in spring 2024 (final dates TBD). Any questions regarding the competition may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.