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2014 UCL Bright Ideas Awards

For full details on the awards criteria and entry guidelines, please visit: Bright Ideas Awards Guidelines 

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MONDAY 10TH MARCH 2014, 9AM

Introduced in 2008, the UCL Bright Ideas Awards aim to help bridge the gap that many new companies find themselves in when they search for their first funding.

Bright Ideas Awards Winners 2013

In the university context, this is a particular problem for those businesses that emerge from unconventional beginnings or where they have a seed of an idea, but are not yet ready for venture capital investment.

The winners of these awards will share up to a total of £100,000 in funding that will be offered as a loan to help get their businesses up and running. Specifically, it is hoped that the money will allow the winners to reach the next crucial milestone in their development, whether that be the first prototype or support for landing the first customer.

The Bright Ideas Awards are awarded to companies that are being created by UCL undergraduate and post-graduate students.

The 2013 winners were: Bio-Bean, HaikuJAM, Aero Forza, Beba Mtoto!, ComComm, CurrencyBird, SellPlex, Smartzer

Bio Bean

“Winning a UCL Bright Ideas Award has been a transformative experience for bio-bean. It has acted as a huge booster, accelerating bio-bean from an idea, to a business, beyond what we thought would be possible. We were pitching for substantial financial support, but the assistance that we received through mentoring from the UCL Advances Team, along with legal advice, office space and introductions to the people we needed to meet, has helped us build a social enterprise which will create both environmental and economic value”.
2013 Bright Ideas Winner Arthur Kay, Director, bio-bean Ltd

bio-bean recycle coffee grounds into biodiesel and biomass pellets, using a unique combination of three existing ideas: waste collection, biomass pellet production and biodiesel production. www.bio-bean.com


Haiku Jam
Bright Ideas Haiku

Invisible bulb
Often lights up in my head
And powers my mind

2013 Bight Ideas Winner Dhrupad Karwa, Founder, HaikuJAM

HaikuJAM is a web and mobile application through which people write haiku poems together, using photo-integration, competitions, “gamification” and other features. HaikuJAM provides creative people with a dynamic and colourful digital haiku writing platform. www.haikujam.com


WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE UCL BRIGHT IDEAS AWARDS?

2014 UCL Bright Ideas Awards Information Session

Date: Tuesday 28th January 2014
Time:
1-2pm
Venue:
UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Individuals and groups interested in putting forth an application are encouraged to attend this session to learn more about this award. There will be a chance to ask further questions following the information session.

You are not required to register for this, simply just turn up.

If you have any questions regarding this information session please e-mail our Student Business Advisors on sba@ucl.ac.uk

2014 UCL Bright Ideas Awards ‘How to write a business plan’ workshop

Date: Wednesday 12th February 2014
Time:
2-5pm
Venue:
UCL Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

REGISTER TO ATTEND

Applicants must submit a business plan for their proposition, including specific details of how the Bright Ideas funds would be used to finance the business development. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss the contents of their business plan with one of the UCL Advances Student Business Advisors before submitting; E: sba@ucl.ac.uk

For full details on the awards criteria and entry guidelines, please visit: Bright Ideas Awards Guidelines


BRIGHT IDEAS AWARD 2013 WINNERS' VIDEOS