Creative Spark Big Idea Challenge is an international video pitch competition for students and young entrepreneurs from the British Council’s Creative Spark programme countries. This programme contributes to the development of partnerships between universities in Ukraine and in the UK who implement projects to support enterprise education.

The Big Idea Challenge video pitch competition encourages young people from programme countries to develop an innovative ‘startup’ and tell the world about it.

The three competition categories give all types of ideas an equal chance – whether it's about a great business venture, an amazing creative project or simply trying to make the world a better place. The categories are:

  1. Digital technology
  2. Social impact
  3. Creative 

We've had hundreds of ideas come in and it was really difficult for our judges to narrow this list down to 63 finalists – including nine teams from Ukraine. We are delighted to announce the national winners!

Creative category winner – Jewery Art Education, an online academy for jewellery art: learn, create and share, developed by Bohdana Skin. The project was nominated by PPV Knowledge Networks Ltd. The project team was entitled to video conference advice and guidance from an experienced business mentor over the course of 6 months. 

Social impact category winner and public vote winner – Recycled textile waste, designer products from recycled textile waste: creation & sale by Tamara Ustenko. The project was nominated by Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design. The project team was awarded mentoring package which is a great possibility to develop the project that has already found its audience. Apart from that, Tamara’s project became an International public vote winner among 7 countries. The winner was granted 2000 pounds to develop the project and represent Ukraine at the event where three international category champions and an overall international champion were selected.

Country champion and digital technology category winner – PiPillow, a smart pillow developed by Oleksandr Shymanko, Andrii Zhydenko, and Serhii Dmytrenok. This personal device allows to improve the quality of sleep. The project was nominated by Tech StartUp School. The team received 5000 pounds prize award to continue their development until 30 March 2020.