Bright SCIdea Challenge


SCI, London, UK
Submission deadline: Sunday 18 February
Competition final: Thursday 8 March 2018

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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!

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How does it work?

Following the business training, teams will be asked to submit a business plan by midnight on Sunday 18 February 2018.
Shortlisted teams will be invited to the final, which will take place in London on Thursday 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

Topics which will be covered in the training videos include:

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.


14-15 Belgrave Square

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For more information, or to register your interest in attending, please contact:

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