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Are you a student, graduate or young entrepreneur aged between 18 and 35? Are you a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan? Do you dream about starting your own business one day? If so, then this could be exactly the opportunity you’ve been looking for! The Big Idea Challenge video pitch competition is a key part of the British Council’s Creative Spark Higher Education Enterprise Programme and encourages you to develop an innovative new ‘startup’ and then to tell the world about it. So whatever your idea, we want to hear about how it solves real problems and could ‘wow’ customers. To be eligible you must have taken part in the Creative Spark programme as a member of one of the institutions in the list below. Please email us here firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about the competition’s eligibility rules and information about how to take part.
Armenia: American University of Armenia • Armenian National Engineering Laboratories • Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST) • National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA) • Simonian Educational Foundation (TUMO) • State Academy of Fine Arts • Yerevan V. Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences • Yerevan State University Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, Baku • Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (AzUAC) • Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication • Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC) • ADA University • Baku Music Academy • Khazar University Georgia: Business Technology University • Creative Georgia (LEPL under the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia) • Creative Solutions • Georgian Technical University • Ilia State University (ISU) • Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University • Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (LEPL) • V.Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire • Tsereteli State University (ATSU) Kazakhstan: Almaty Management University • Atyrau State University (ASU) • Impact Hub Pilot Almaty • Kazakh-American Free University • Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU) • Kazakhstan Fashion Week • Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory (KKNC) • L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University – ENU • Narxoz University (NARXOZ) • PI Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System (NURIS) • T. Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts • Kazakh-Russian International University • The National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken” (NCE) Kyrgyzstan: Continuing Education Center of American University of Central Asia • Enactus • Kyrgyz National University named after J. Balasagyn • Resource Centre in Kyrgyzstan of Central Asian Crafts Support Association – CACSARC Ukraine: Donetsk National Technical University (DonNTU) • Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (IFNTUOG) • Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (KhMAPE) • Kyiv National Economic University • Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD) • Lviv National Academy of Arts • Lviv Polytechnic National University • NGO Tech Start-up School (of Lviv Polytechnic National University) • Non-Governmental Organization Bureau of Research, Innovations and Technologies (NGO BRIT) • PPV Knowledge Network Ltd • Ukrainian Engineering Pedagogics Academy (UEPA) • V.N. Karazin National University • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (TSNUK) • Higher Educational Establishment of Ukoopspilka “Poltava University of Economics and Trade” • Adult Education Centre of Poltava Region Uzbekistan: Bonum Factum Gallery • Ministry of Public Education • National Institute of Fine Art and Design named after Kamoliddin Bekhzod • New Silk Road International Tourism University • Scientific and Practical Center for the implementation of Innovative Developments • Scientific Research Institute for Standardisation, Metrology and Certification • Tashkent State Technical University named after Islam Karimov • Tashkent State University of Economics • The Arts and Culture Development Foundation • Uzbekistan State Institute of Art and Culture • The Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan • Tashkent University of Information Technologies (TUIT) • Tashkent Institute of Textile & Light Industry
TIPS FOR PITCHING
Start with a very strong introduction where you describe the problem you are addressing and make sure you get the audience’s attention by using a personal story or powerful statistics
Describe your solution, how it solves the problem you have identified previously and how it is different from the existing competition (if any!)
Portray who is affected by the problem (your customer) and find out how many individuals are affected to show how big the market is
Demonstrate how your idea will make money and the potential for it
Have a strong closing sentence a slogan for your idea
Practice, practice, practice!