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Meet the international finalists

The Creative Spark Higher Education Enterprise Programme is a five-year initiative supporting international university and institutional partnerships that develop enterprise skills.

The programe aims to boost the creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine through UK support. The programme has been developed in response to an underdeveloped creative sector and a demand for entrepreneurship training in the programme countries, supporting wealth and job creation.

The Big Idea Challenge is an entrepreneurship pitching competition organised by London Metropolitan University which this year has been offered as part of Creative Spark.

In April and May, students were supported to develop ideas for new businesses and social enterprises by more than sixty partnership institutions.

In June, panels of local judges deliberated to choose country winners in three categories: Digital Technology, Social Impact and Creative, as well as overall national champions. In addition, over 40,000 individuals participated in a public vote to identify the most popular idea for each of the seven Creative Spark countries. The international judging panel then selected one overal public vote winner.

At the end of August and beginning of September, eight teams (the seven country champions and one international popular vote winner), comprising fifteen individual team members overall, will come to London Met’s Accelerator workspace, at the heart of the major UK tech startup cluster ‘Tech City’, to take part in a three day ‘Startup Sprint’.

This intensive course will culminate in each team pitching their idea to a panel of entrepreneurship experts.

Then on 3rd September, at a gala dinner in Oxford, an overall Grand Champion and three cateogry winners will be announced.

Eight winning teams will take a share in £25,000 of cash prizes business support and a further fifteen teams will receive business mentoring. Please email us on info@creativespark-bigidea.uk for further information about the competition.

Here are the eight international finalists…

Armenia

Social Impact

GreenDom

(COUNTRY + CATEGORY WINNER)

GreenDom

Working with young people with disabilities to improve employability.

Azerbaijan

Social Impact

Boom Filter and Tank
(COUNTRY + CATEGORY WINNER)

Boom, Filter and Tank

A filter tank to reuse rainwater that is collected underground in homes.

Georgia

Creative

Sapo
(COUNTRY + CATEGORY WINNER)

Sapo

Natural, handmade, toy-shaped, mysterious soaps with their adventure books.

Kazakhstan

Social Impact

Dalatunes
(COUNTRY + CATEGORY WINNER)

DalaTunes

Involvement of a broad audience into masterpieces.

Kyrgyzstan

Creative

Oinobook
(COUNTRY + CATEGORY WINNER)

Oinobook

A felt book that teaches traditions to children through tasks.

Ukraine

Digital Technology

PiPillow
(COUNTRY + CATEGORY WINNER)

Smart Pillow

Personal device that allows you to enjoy every minute of your sleep.

Ukraine

Social Impact

Recycled Textile Waste
(Category + international public vote winner)

Recycled Textile Waste

Designer Products From Recycled Textile Waste: creation & sale.

Uzbekistan

Digital Technology

Business Glossary
(Country + category winner)

Business Glossary

Terminology glossary for business language in Uzbek-English-Russian.

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