The 2022 Next Big Idea Competition


The Next Big Idea Competition, our version of the popular TV Show "Shark Tank" is now in its tenth year! This year we're excited to announce another year in which prize money will be awarded -- $7,500 for first place, and $2,500 for second place courtesy of CO-OP Financial Services!

Criteria for the Next Big Idea are initiatives to: 

  • Improve earnings

  • Enhance member service

  • Deliver new products and services to members

  • Improve delivery channels to members

The innovations can be at various stages of development: 

  • Early stage and in need of investment

  • Ready to be delivered

  • Already in motion and are growing and changing the industry.

The deadline to submit applications for the Next Big Idea Competition is March 17, 2022. For questions, please e-mail Shawna@nacuso.org

Important Information for Applicants:


The Next Big Idea Competition will be held in-person at the NACUSO Network Conference in Orlando on April 26, 2022 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center.  Finalists are chosen to compete in the Next Big Idea Competition by a selection committee. 

  • Deadline to submit applications is March 17.

  • All applicants will be notified by March 28 with the status of their applications.

  • There is no fee to apply for this competition, but if chosen, all finalists are required to register as an attendee for the conference by April 8.  

  • The Next Big Idea Competition takes place the afternoon of  April 26.  The chosen contestants will get 7 minutes to present on stage followed by 8 minutes of questions from our guest judges. At the end of the presentations, the audience will vote to instantly select the winners of the 2022 Next Big Idea Competition.

  • For hotel room reservations we recommend booking prior to the March 31 room block deadline to secure a room at $280+ tax per night.

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