The Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe BISC-E 2024

Call for entrepreneurial students who are ready to develop an innovative bio-based solution in multidisciplinary teams. The Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC) launches the competition BISC-E, an opportunity to showcase yourself in the most important European event related to bioindustries, in front of an European jury of experts in bioprocesses and bioproducts. BISC-E provides opportunities to students with entrepreneurial mindset to put their talent to work and benefit from the process.

The challenge is open for University students across different grade levels including Masters and first two years of PhD. Multidisciplinary teams are welcome, e.g. Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, Economics, Law etc.

THE CHALLENGE

Teams develop a bio-based innovation, product or process and present their idea to a jury of experts from the professional field. Teams will consist of a minimum of three students and a maximum of six.

BISC-E will give them support, and training will be provided on developing business pitches and creating videos for your bio-based solutions. European industry specialists will help students to connect with peers and industry leaders while develop skills in interdisciplinary collaboration, challenge-based learning and the design and presentation towards bio-based, climate-change and carbon-neutral solutions.

The challenge has a National phase contest and a European final where the national champions will compete. The National phase consists in a short pitch accompanied by a supporting manuscript (less than 10 A4 extension) explaining the process flow, technical feasibility, sustainability and economic viability of your innovative idea. The European final will take place in Brussels with an international jury.

To get inspired see the teams of last years > click here

PRIZES

The Cajamar Chair of Circular Bioeconomy of the University of Almeria will provide the winning team and two finalists with the following prizes:

National Competition

1st Place             1000 €

2nd Place             500 €

3td Place            250 €

In addition to these prizes, in case of being finalists for the European phase, grants will be managed to cover travel expenses to attend the European Final.

European Final

1st Place             5000 €

2nd Place             2500 €

3td Place            1000 €

In addition to enjoying a free year as a member of the BIC Bio-based industries Consortium and participation in joint actions with the European Commission through the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU).

Check also the official BISC-E website for more

IMPORTANT DATES

Registration deadline: March/31/2024

31 March, 2024Register your team and supervisor for the National competition Spain filling the form in the link
31 May, 2024Final date to submit the competition business case and supporting documents (dossier) to the National Coordinator
01 June-10 July 2024 National competition final probably at the University of Almeria
15 July, 2024Deadline for National winners dossier to get to BISC-E  for the European round (will be sent by the  National Coordinator).
27 September, 2024 European final in Brussels

Register before 31 March 2024 here.

Students from all disciplines are invited to participate free of charge. If you are interested please contact now your National BISC-E Coordinator at the University of Almeria by email and/or phone. An email of confirmation will be send when registration is completed.

  • Francisco J. Egea, Director of Cajamar Chair of Bioeconomy, University of Almeria.
  • Email: fegea@ual.es
  • Phone-(Whatsapp): +34 678426853

FUNDING, SUPPORT AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATIONS

Industries and companies are welcome to participate in BISC-E giving financial support and/or technical advice and coach to student teams. Please do not hesitate to contact Francisco Egea fegea@ual.es phone +34 678426853

The Cajamar Chair in Bioeconomy of the University of Almeria funds to the National phase, the Research Centre for Global Change Assessment and the Entrepreneurial Office give technical assistance.

REGULATIONS

Link to BISC-E regulations (In the regulations document and the European BISC-E website, the dates are merely indicative. Please check the exact dates that apply to your national phase in Spain in section 4)

Check also the official BISC-E website for more.

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