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 four competition categories give all types of ideas an equal chance – whether it's about a great business venture, an amazing creative project, protection of our planet and its resources or simply trying to make the world a better place. We also announce new 2021 Climate Change category - ideas that address the causes and/or effects of climate change with the goal to protect our planet and its resources with a focus at community, local or national level. The categories are:

  1. Climate Change
  2. Social Impact
  3. Creative
  4. Digital Technology

We've had 900 brand new ideas come in, 52 teams that won mentoring opportunities from the UK experts, 17 teams from seven countries were awarded with a total £ 42,000 prize to develop their businesses, two teams which became Grand Champions and won £ 1,000 each to develop their business idea.

Find out more about each of the 2021 country finalists below:

Nominating Institution Competition Category Idea Title
V.N. Karazin National University Climate Change Dillsy
NGO Tech Start-up School (of Lviv Polytechnic National University) Climate Change ReKava
Adult Education Centre of Poltava Region Climate Change ZeroCup — Service for reusable cups circulation between cafes
Kyiv National Economic University Creative Crafterz
Kyiv National Economic University Creative Grab&Go
Lviv Polytechnic National University Creative
Lviv Polytechnic National University Digital Technology Aid - Artificial Intelligence Graphical Constructor
Hi-Tech Office Ukraine Digital Technology Augmented Reality Tourism
PPV Knowledge Network Ltd. Digital Technology Floorer - outstanding floorplans in minutes
Kyiv National Economic University Social Impact HotPack
Lviv Polytechnic National University Social Impact IONKID
Lviv National Academy of Arts Social Impact Nekiy

Learn more about the Big Idea Challenge 2020 and 2019 winners from Ukraine by reading the materials below.

Big Idea Challenge winners 2020

Creative category winner 2020Eleobike, a smart security system that converts ordinary bicycles into electric bikes. The team of Serhii Davydov and Maksym Kuzminchuk was nominated by Lviv Polytechnic National University. In the upcoming months the team will be awarded with a dedicated mentor to work with the team, giving personalised advice to help develop a business idea.

 Digital technology category winner 2020Warm paper, automated printing points network. The project was developed by the team from Lviv Polytechnic National University: Yurii Horbal, Andrii Chumak, Volodymyr Hresko. The team already equipped 6 printing points at the university to solve students’ needs. The team will receive a qualified support of the mentor to further develop their project. 

Pandemic response innovation winner 2020 – is a new award to welcome creative ideas on Covid19 social response, post-Covid recovery and innovation. Disinspector Toucan represented by Paul Yesyp, Peter Yesyp, Michael Shulhan has developed an accessible, good looking device for quick, effective contactless hand disinfection. PPV Knowledge Network nominated the team to take part in the competition. Disinspector Toucan won a victory in this category and will receive a spot in an exclusive virtual Start-up Sprint Programme, mentoring package and £ 1,000 prize award. 

Social impact category winner, country people’s vote winner and country champion 2020Lady Di Atelier, the first Ukrainian inclusive atelier providing equal labour conditions for people with disabilities. The project was nominated by NGO Tech Start-up School. The project's aim is to provide employment for them and let feel equal, free to create. Children with Down syndrome create paintings which are turned into prints on scarves. The team of three – Olha Stavnykovych, Yaryna Yanchak and Iryna Liakhovenko –  has already sold more than 800 scarves. In the nearest future, they are planning to open a showroom for kids with Down syndrome. Lady Di Atelier will be awarded a spot in anexclusive virtual Start-up Sprint Programme, mentoring scheme and £ 2,000 prize award to develop their project.

Big Idea Challenge winners 2019

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 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, 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 develop 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.

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