17 March 2020

Bright SCIdea Challenge 2020

Organised by:


London, UK

Register your team

Are you a university student* and budding entrepreneur with a plausible concept for a product or service? Wondering how you go about commercialising your product and building a business? Enter the Bright SCIdea challenge now and we will provide you with free, accredited business planning training and give you the chance to win a £5,000 cash prize!

Teams will be provided with training and asked to submit a full business plan, detailing how their idea can be taken to market.

Shortlisted teams will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of experts and win a significant cash prize.

How does it work?
  • Form a team of 3-4 University students*
  • Develop a plausible scientific concept a with a societal benefit
  • Register your team here
  • Visit www.soci.org/videos for access to our exclusive business training videos
  • Register and attend the Bright SCIdea Challenge 2020 training day on Friday 6 December 2019 
  • 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 by midnight on Friday 14 February 2020.

Shortlisted teams will be invited to the final, which will take place in London on Tuesday 17 March 2020 with funding for travel and accommodation organised by SCI.

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

For more information and entry eligibility, please contact BrightSCIdea@soci.org or visit the Bright SCIdea Homepage:

Bright SCIdea Homepage

Key Dates
6 December 2019
Training day
14 February 2020
Business plan submission deadline
24 February 2020
Shortlisted teams informed
17 March 2020
Bright SCIdea Challenge 2020 Final

Download the Bright SCIdea Entrant Handbook 2020 here.

Download the Bright SCIdea Poster 2020 here

Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Booking Process

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