Following an exciting and closely fought application process, the shortlisted applicants and winners of the Viral Idea Prizes for the inaugural Westminster Big Idea Competition have been announced.
A panel of judges shortlisted 20 applicants who will be provided with support to develop their ideas, videos and elevator pitches in the run up to the Final on Tuesday 26 March, where prizes will be awarded and guests will be able to see and hear the finalists pitches vying for the overall Westminster Big Idea £2,500 prize. The event will also have guest entrepreneurial keynote speakers.
The voting process also identified the Viral Idea Winners – the entry in each category with the most votes. Since going live, the online competition platform has amerced over 37,000 page views with a total of 3,342 votes placed across all entries.
From 15 to 22 February, applicants shared and promoted their video entries amongst their networks to generate votes; offering an experiential learning opportunity on innovative Digital Marketing and Community Engagement.
Applications opened in December, students were required to submit a 60 second video pitch describing how their idea was unique, addressed a problem or opportunity and made an impact across four entry categories: Digital/Tech, Maker/Inventor, Freelance and Impact. Thirty-nine video entries were uploaded on the online competition platform produced by students and graduates applying as a team or individuals.
Additionally, a panel of judges also scored and assessed entries to shortlist 16 entries to go forward to the next stages of the competition: Idea Development and The Competition Final on 26 March.
The Westminster Big Idea Competition is a University wide student business idea competition organised by the Creative Enterprise Centre and sponsored by Santander Universities UK to showcase and celebrate students’ entrepreneurial ideas and potential.
The premise of the competition was not focused on finding the most developed idea or business concept but instead encouraged students to explore and ideate unique and disruptive ideas that resolve real problems, needs and trends in our modern-day society. The prizes offered are £2,500 for one Overall Winner, £500 for four Category Winners, £350 for eight Category Runner Ups, and £250 for the four Viral Idea Winners.
Browse the Viral Ideas Winners and shortlisted entries.