5 November 2020
Online Webinar - 14:00 - 15:30 BST
Initially scheduled to take place on Tuesday 17 March 2020, the Bright SCIdea Challenge Final has been rescheduled to Thursday 5 November 2020 and will now take place as an online event.
The Bright SCIdea challenge asks students to develop a plausible scientific concept with a societal benefit providing students with free, accredited business planning training with the winners receiving a £5,000 cash prize! Teams are asked to submit a full business plan, detailing how their idea can be taken to market and shortlisted teams will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of experts at the final to win a significant cash prize.For more information on the competition and entry eligibility for next year’s Bright SCIdea challenge, please contact BrightSCIdea@soci.org or visit the Bright SCIdea Homepage:
The online event will feature pitches from our finalists and Q&A from our judging panel.
More details about the programme will be announced over the next few weeks. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact us at BrightSCIdea@soci.org if you have any questions.
Bright SCIdea challenge finalists are budding entrepreneurs keen to set up businesses in science and technology. Previous winners have gone on to launch companies and take their products to market. Durham University’s Plastech Innovation won the 2019 Bright SCIdea challenge with their pitch for a new method of processing waste plastic into aggregates for use in construction materials. The year before, Glucoguard from UCL won with their pitch for genetically modified bacterium for treatment of pre-and type II diabetes.
This year, our teams cover a range of innovative SCIdeas:
The teams will be pitching these Bright SCIdeas to our panel of expert judges which includes the founder of a multinational business, an investor and new business support expert, and the Global technology Director for a multinational organisation.
This competition demonstrates the diversity of early career talent and provides an engaging insight into setting up your own business. More information of our finalists and their Bright SCIdeas can be found here.
Due to the nature of this year’s final, exhibitors and sponsors will be showcased online as part of the wide reaching virtual event.
A physical exhibition will take place alongside the 2021 Bright SCIdea challenge final for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit.
For more information please email Ryan.McKiernan@soci.org.