Back of the Napkin Challenge

Got an idea for an original business, product, or service?

Are you a student at Thomas, Colby, or KVCC?

Could you use a $500 gift card?

Hosted by:

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How do you win?


Draw your idea out on a napkin.

The drawing should be no larger than a cocktail napkin which is about 5″ x 5″.

Submit your napkin here.

Submit image of the napkin with a 60 second video explanation.

Why is your idea original? Why does the world need your idea? How did you come up with it?

Submit your napkin here.

Attend the Back of the Napkin Challenge Event.

Top 10 ideas will pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win 1 of 5 $500 visa gift cards. That’s a least a textbook or two.

Judging Criteria


How unique, imaginative, and innovative is the idea being conveyed through the sketch? Does it show an ability to think outside the box?


How new or creative is your idea? Does it represent a huge leap forward or a significant change from current products, services, or businesses?


How well does the sketch and video pitch communicate the core essence of the idea? Is it visually clear and easy to understand?


Does the sketch depict an idea that could realistically be implemented? Is it grounded in some level of practicality while still being creative?

Rules & Guidelines

Idea must be your original idea for a new business, product, or service. Napkin should include enough information to understand your idea, feel free to include descriptions, images, or numbers as needed.

Video should describe the idea depicted on the napkin. Please do not include any vulgar content, you will be immediately disqualified.

All members of the community are welcome to attend the Back of the Napkin Challenge Pitch Event at the conclusion of the competition.

The top ten ideas will be chosen to pitch live to a panel of judges at the Back of the Napkin Challenge Pitch Event. Judges will choose 5 winners to win a $500 visa gift cards.

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