Next Big Idea!

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The Next Big Idea Challenge is an online competition for VCU staff to submit ideas for a new company, product, or service and the chance to win up to $1,400 in cash, just in time for the holidays!

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Coding Beats: Learning Computer Programming by Coding Hip Hop Beats

- David C. Shepherd

To reverse this trend we propose an innovative approach to teaching computer science to middle-school, minoritized youth, Code Beats, which address...

Health-Conscious Lip Care Product Line

- Briana Williams

When faced with health issues and low self-esteem as a young girl of color, one of the few things that made me feel beautiful was my lip gloss. I w...

DLMA Diabetes App

- Justin Kauszler

Our solution is a mobile application based Diabetes Personal Coach that is powered by applying Machine Learning (ML) on a continuous data stream of...


- Gwyneth Branch

I formed a non-profit which teaches the art of creating handmade greeting cards which are then provided to the elderly, hospitalized children and s...

Demiq Media

- Roy Roach III

It is time a platform is created to give a voice to those with diverse perspectives who also do cool things outside of their 9-5. Demiq is a respo...

VCU Museum

- Zakia Williams

This proposal suggests installing history boxes in prominent buildings across both campuses to create a VCU Museum. Each history box would have a b...

Project Coordinator

- Kayla Diggs Brody

My proposal is to develop an open source, free, interactive mural map that can be updated by anyone in the Richmond community and visitors to the c...

Home Delivery Grocery Storage

- Carol Green

Installation of a refrigerated delivery unit in homes. The unit would have two doors, one with outside access and one with access inside the home...