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The Big Ideas Competition

The Big Ideas is a competition where students are evaluated on a business idea and pitch. Only students registered at the University of Kent are eligible to participate in the Big Ideas Competition. Students can submit entries individually or work in teams.

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    2016/2017 Winners - Daniella Golden and Saga Rad
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    2015/2016 Winners - Cesare Dunker and Rayyan Sorefan
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    2014/2015 Winners - John-Henry Cooper and Oliver Standeven
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    2013/2014 Winner - Disha Bansal
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    2012/2013 Winner - Ryan England

The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 28th February 2018



Business ideas may come from any sector, including social enterprises. More than one entry can be submitted by a team or individual. Students can seek advice from the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise team throughout the application process, this includes business advice sessions.

How do I apply?

To apply for the University of Kent Big Ideas Competition, please complete the application form. The deadline for applications is midnight on the 28th February 2018.

What can I win?

A winning student or a team will represent the University in the prestigious VT KnowledgeWorks Competition in Virginia, USA in August 2018, with a chance of winning $25,000! Transportation and accommodation will be provided. The winning student or team will also receive a working space on the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise Start-Up Scheme, all services/rents paid for one year, as well as a business mentor from Santander Bank.


2017 Big Ideas winner Saga Rad discusses how she and business partner Daniella Golden developed their online platform ToDo with support from the Hub for Innovation & Enterprise.

The Big Ideas Competition is supported by the Dean for Internationalisation.

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Last Updated: 03/03/2018