8 March 2018

Bright SCIdea Challenge

Organised by:


SCI London

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


SCI is launching a new business planning competition, encouraging UK/ ROI university students to think about the process of starting their own business or launch a new product. Free business training will be offered to all entrants, which will provide an opportunity to develop skills in entrepreneurship and pitching.

Finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of high-profile judges, allowing them to raise their profile within the commercial scientific community, whilst competing for a chance to win a £1,000 cash prize!

Download the event poster here

How does it work?

  • Form a team of 3-5 UK/ROI University students
  • Develop a plausible scientific concept a with a societal benefit
  • Register your interest here
  • Join the Bright SCIdea Challenge Facebook group
  • Watch exclusive business training materials
  • Turn your concept into a compelling product or service
  • Develop a business plan to commercialise your innovation

Following the business training, teams will be asked to submit a business plan bymidnight on Sunday 18 February 2018.
Shortlisted teams will be invited to the final, which will take place in London onThursday 8 March 2018 with funding for travel and accommodation organised by SCI.

Business Training

SCI will provide all competition entrants with access to exclusive business training videos, featuring Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne of Genius Gluten Free and Victor Christou of Cambridge Innovation Capital. Once registered, join the Bright SCIdea Challenge Facebook group to be notified when the videos are released in November 2017, find out more about the competition and ask questions.

Victor Christou, Cambridge Innovation Capital    Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Genius Gluten Free

UK/ ROI university students considering starting their own business venture or product launch.

Registration is for in person attendance. In person places are limited – therefore, if this event becomes oversubscribed, preference to attend in person will be given to attendees with a connection to competing teams. The event is also being held online, so attendees unable to attend in person will be sent joining details no later than 14 March.



8th March 2018
Shortlisted finalist teams will be invited to the final, taking place in London on the 8th March 2018.
18th February 2018
Once you form a team - submit a business plan by midnight 18th February 2018.
Accessibility Grants

SCI accessibility grants are available to support SCI members with disabilities, long term health conditions, those who require a carer, and members who are nursing parents to attend SCI events. Download an application form to apply for a grant.

Venue and Contact


14-15 Belgrave Square 

Please click here for a location map.

SCI Communications Team

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7598 1500

Email: communications@soci.org

Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions

CPD Info

SCI Members attending this meeting are able to claim CPD points.

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Additional Info

Topics which will be covered in the training videos include:

  • Identifying business opportunities
  • Taking a product or service to market
  • Basics of finance
  • Basics of intellectual property
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • How to effectively pitch your product

Entrant Materials


A cash prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the winning team.

All participants who reach the final will be awarded one year free student membership of SCI. Travel and accommodation grants will be provided for all finalists.