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    Bright SCIdea Challenge

    Bright SCIdea Challenge

    If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student* with an idea for a scientific solution to a global problem, why not form a team of 3-4 and enter the Bright SCIdea Challenge 2020? The winning team will receive £5,000.

    SCI launched the Bright SCIdea Challenge to provide a unique opportunity for students to develop their business skills by turning a scientific innovation into a carefully planned and costed business plan.

    Key dates and deadlines:


    Register your team
    Register your team by 6 December and then apply to attend our free training day.

    6 December 2019

    Business and entrepreneurship training
    Register your team for this FREE training event - travel bursaries are available**.

    14 February 2020

    Deadline to submit your business plan
    Submit your business plan for SCIdea for a chance to compete at our competition final.

    17 March 2020

    Competition final
    Teams will pitch their SCIdea to a panel of judges and get to network with members of SCI's expert community.

    How to get involved?




    How does the competition work?

    team around table1. Enter your team

    Have you got your team together and an excellent idea for a science-based innovation? When you're ready to apply, enter your team and begin your Bright SCIdea journey!




    Bright SCIdea training day2. Complete your training

    SCI have created a set of exclusive training videos to help you finish your business plan. Experts and entrepreneurs give you their advice on 'Managing the Money', 'How to Pitch', and more. Visit www.soci.org/videos for more!

    Registered teams can also apply to attend to our business entrepreneurship training day at SCI, Belgrave Square, London on Friday 6 December (travel bursaries are available**). Register your team for this free training event.


    person holds business plan3. Submit your business plan

    Finished your research? Then it's finally time to fill out your business plan. You have until Friday 14 February 2020 to submit this document.

    Make sure to email brightscidea@soci.org with any questions.



    scidea 2018 finalists4. We’ll see you at the final

    Successful teams will be invited to SCI HQ in London on Tuesday 17 March 2020 to battle it out in front of our panel of expert judges.

    This year, the winners will win £5,000, 1st runners up will receive £1,000 and 2nd runners up will receive £500!



    *students must be studying at a university in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

    **We can offer the following assistance with travel costs (Travel Bursaries) for those students attending the Bright SCIdea Training Day:

    • Up to £50 for local travel
    • Up to £100 for travel from elsewhere in England & Wales
    • Up to £150 for travel from Scotland & N. Ireland

    Available to the first 25 students registering and all attendees who go on to submit a business plan.

    Watch the video


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