Applications for Big İdea Challenge is open! Do you have an amazing idea and dream about starting your own company one day? Whether it is for a business, a social project, a creative experience or anything else, we want to know about it! Win credit with partner software, up to £2,000 grant funding and other prizes! Check out last year's finalists and winners: http://creativespark-bigidea.uk/
● Individuals or teams must comprise no more than four people; applications in teams is strongly
recommended (local institutions’ staff members cannot be part of teams).
● English of a standard suitable for participation in English medium education programmes and
presentations is required from all members of teams entering the competition.
● The participants must be at least 18 and no older than 35 years of age by 02 March.
● The participants must be citizens and of the country where their nominating institution is based, either
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
● Competition entrants must be members of (enrolled with) Creative Spark partner institutions and be
put forward for entry by their institutions; staff members at partner institutions are not eligible.
● Participants will usually need to have taken part in activities offered as part of the Creative Spark
● Participants will be either students, graduates, or young entrepreneurs.
● Partner institutions are responsible for ensuring that participants they nominate meet the criteria
outlined above and the partner institutions are compliant with procedures, such as consent and data
Applicants will be expected to provide a 60 second video pitch of their business idea where they demonstrate their commitment to the idea, its feasibility, impact and quality. A brief supporting written application will also be required. In addition, each team member must complete a consent form to take part in the competition.
There will be three competition categories: Digital Technology, Social Impact and Creative. Each team will need to decide which category they would like to enter depending on the nature of their idea (each idea can enter one category only).
o Digital Technology includes ideas involving the development and application of new software or hardware.
o Social Impact is for ideas that tackle social inclusion and gender equality or target under-represented communities and the world beyond. This could be an environmental or social idea that helps those most in need.
o Creative is for ideas for a new product, an exhibition, or a way to make the cultural environment more vibrant. Ideas that help creative people reach new audiences will also be considered in this category.
Timeline and Deadline for submissions: 15 April, 2022
Between March and April 2022 each participant institution will work with its students to prepare applications, train pitching, and select the 10 best applications. These applications will be put forward to the Creative Spark Big Idea Challenge.
In each country, a local judging panel will select nine finalists for their country (three applications in each category from seven countries in total).
An international judging panels reviews the finalists applications in each country and selects Country Category Winners and Country Champions.
Country Champion Azerbaijan -1000 pound
International People's choice Winner - 1000 pound
Grand Champion prize – 1000 pound
Professional development support
Please apply via this Google Form link: https://forms.gle/bSyTFpkS6Xhpz6rT8
Documents to go through before applying:
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What is Creative Spark?:
Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme is a five-year initiative (2018 - 2023) to support university and institutional partnerships with the UK to develop entrepreneurship and enterprise skills for students and young entrepreneurs across seven countries: Ukraine, Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan) and South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia). We do this by enabling national policy forums, development of new curriculum and enterprise education materials, and establishing business incubation centres.
The programme was designed to support the underdeveloped creative enterprise sector, with a demand for entrepreneurship education and to support wealth and better job opportunities.