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.

Students and young creative entrepreneurs who have joined the Creative Spark programme activities at one of the partner universities or organizations are invited to participate in the competition. A pitch project should fall into one of the announced categories: digital technology, social impact, or creativity. In addition to the three main categories, this year participants the opportunity to present creative ideas on Covid-19 social response, recovery and innovation and compete for a special prize.

Big Idea Challenge 2020 timeline:

  • 7 June - deadline for applications
  • 8 - 20 June - Country finalists selection
  • 6 - 19 July - Country People’s Choice public vote
  • 13 - 19 July - Country Category Winners, County Champions and International People’s Choice Winner Selection
  • 20 -24 July - National virtual events for all Country Winners
  • 31 August - 6 September - Remote Online Start-up Sprint programme and International Category Winners and Grand Champion selection
  • September 2020 - March 2021 - Ongoing support for winning teams

Don not miss your chance to become a participant in 2020!

Learn more about the Big Idea Challenge 2019 and winners from Ukraine by reading the materials below.

Creative category winner 2019 – Jewelry Art Education

Creative category winner 2019 – Jewelry 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. Read Bohdana's interview and watch her video pitch here.

Social impact category winner and international public vote winner 2019 – Designer products from recycled textile waste

Social impact category winner and international public vote winner 2019 – Designer products from recycled textile waste project  by Tamara Ustenko, nominated by the Kyiv National University of Technology 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 £ 2,000 to develop the project and represented Ukraine at the international final of the Big Idea Challenge in the UK where three international category champions and an overall international champion were selected. Read Tamara's interview and watch her video pitch here.

International champion, country champion and digital technology category winner 2019 – PiPillow

International champion, country champion and digital technology category winner 2019 – 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  £ 5,000 prize award to develope their project and represented Ukraine at the international final of the Big Idea Challenge in the UK were the team was announced an International champion. Read Oleksandr's interview and watch his video pitch here.