Baquerizo Grant - Go BIG

Baquerizo Innovation Grant

Each year, up to $20,000 is awarded to student-led startups who aim to go BIG

The Baquerizo Innovation Grant (BIG) program seeks proposals for new products and services that could have a highly positive and transformative impacts on people’s lives.

BIG grants:

  • Are open to Duke undergraduate and graduate students
  • Last one year
  • Support prototyping and testing

The grants are made possibly through the generosity of the Baquerizo Family, who challenges Duke students to pursue ambitious applications of technology.

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Sam Fox

"BIG offers significant funding—helping a project progress to a stage where it's ready for investment."


How BIG Works

Grant funds may be directed toward prototyping and testing.

Each team must include a full-time student leader and a senior technical mentor. No funds are available to support the technical mentor. While many technical mentors will be faculty members, participants from industry are welcome.

All funded teams agree to return to Duke in the fall following the award to present their work publicly. Duke  students will have the opportunity to continue their research during the school year, and re-apply for the next BIG award.


Each team must include:

  • Full-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • A leader who is an active Pratt School of Engineering student
  • At least one technical mentor

Application Review Criteria

  • Problem being addressed
  • Technology-driven solution
  • Technological innovation or breakthrough
  • Technological feasibility and associated risk
  • Value of the solution
  • Approach
  • Strength of the team
  • Status and plan
  • Technical mentor's letter of support