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Bright SCIdea Challenge

In 2018, SCI launched the Bright SCIdea Challenge, a unique opportunity for students in the UK and Republic of Ireland to develop their business skills by turning a science-based innovation into a carefully planned and costed business plan. 

We selected six teams to attend the very first Bright SCIdea Challenge final, where they pitched their businesses to a judging panel of four experienced, successful senior businesspeople and innovators – and the winning team walked away with £1,000


'It's an opportunity to experiment, an opportunity to take risks in a safe way – and when you're an entrepreneur, taking risks is what you're all about.'

 Victor Christou – CEO of Cambridge Innovation Capital and Head Judge for 2018.


Following the excellent 2018 final, which saw Team Glucoguard from UCL crowned the inaugural Bright SCIdea champions, we're getting ready for the Bright SCIdea Challenge 2019 – this time, with an even bigger prize of £5,000 for the winning team!

Libby Linfield

'We haven’t learnt the business side at university, but this competition has given us the cutting edge and the tools to go forward into the real world and actually take a product to market.'

Libby Linfield, UCL, Team Glucoguard – winners of the 2018 Bright SCIdea Challenge. 

To support the teams of students, we provided them with a free course of video-based business and pitch trainingwith exclusive tips from: 

  • Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Founder of Genius Gluten Free
  • Victor Christou, Co-founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Capital
  • Darren Smyth, Patent Attorney and Partner at EIP
  • Sharon Todd, Executive Director of SCI


All entrants to the Bright SCIdea Challenge receive an exclusive, free course of video-based expert training, including:

  • Advice on identifying your target market
  • How to characterise the market need for your product, process or service
  • Scaling up your product
  • Taking your innovation from the lab to market
  • Managing the finances of a business
  • Protecting your intellectual property
  • Producing and presenting your business in a pitch

Think you've got what it takes to be the Bright SCIdea Challenge champions of 2019?

 Register your interest to keep up-to-date with the 2019 Bright SCIdea Challenge! We will contact you as soon as deadlines for entry, training materials, judges, and any other information becomes available.

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


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