6 December 2019

Bright SCIdea Challenge 2020 Training day

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London, UK

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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!

Sign up for business development and entrepreneurship training delivered by experts from the SCI network.  This will be held on Friday 6 December 2019 at the SCI in London.  To register for the free training day please register via the "Register for this event" button.

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
  • Attend the Bright SCIdea Challenge 2020 training day
  • Turn your concept into a compelling product or service
  • Develop a business plan to commercialise your innovation

*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

Training Day Programme
Registration and refreshments
Introduction to the Bright SCIdea Challenge
Sharon Todd, CEO, SCI
Marketing - What is the market need for your product? And how to market and brand your idea.
Neil Simpson, R&D Director, Borchers
Intellectual Property – overview of IP considerations
Mugdha Joshi, Kings College London
Refreshment break
Managing the money - Understanding Profit and Loss (P&L) accounts, and financial forecasts template
Martin Curry, STEM Healthcare Limited
Pitch training - Top tips and pitch practice
Victor Christou, AV8 Ventures
Refreshment break
Present back to the room
Finalist’s perspective - How to build your team and completing your business plan
Cláudio Lourenço, Team BRISL Antimicrobials
What to expect from the final
Sharon Todd, CEO, SCI

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.

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 75981561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Attendance to this event is free of charge, however places are limited and SCI reserve the right to restrict access to the appropriate target audience for the event, as based on the definition of target attendees.


  • Undergraduate, Masters & PhD students studying at a UK / ROI University and who have or plan to enter the Bright SCIdea Challenge 2020.

For more information and entry eligibility, please visit www.soci.org/brightscidea or contact BrightSCIdea@soci.org

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CPD Info

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

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Travel Bursaries

Travel bursaries are available to students attending the Bright SCIdea Training Day.  These are available to the first 25 students registering for the Bright SCIdea Training Day and to all attendees who go on to submit a business plan for the Bright SCIdea Challenge 2020.  For more information on how to claim your travel bursary please email BrightSCIdea@soci.org.  Terms and conditions apply.