Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E) is a Europe-wide student
competition to stimulate entrepreneurship and award excellence. The programme
offers student teams opportunities to practice entrepreneurship by addressing
relevant technological, environmental, or societal challenges with innovative
BISC-E seeks to raise awareness and involve students in the transition towards a bio-based economy. A key objective of the BISC-E programme is to stimulate and support entrepreneurship in curricula at universities. In the near future we plan to extend this programme to include vocational education level students.
The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has adopted BISC-E and provides a central role in mobilising country participation. BIC does so by nominating BISC-E National Coordinators in each country in Europe, and coordinates the national BISC-Es, assisted by a European Coordinator. For 2023 this Coordinator is the Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA).
Are you ready to develop an
innovative bio-based solution to help overcome hurdles standing in the way of a
climate-neutral Europe? BISC-E invites students to design solutions in a
multidisciplinary team and compete at national and international levels.
Are you up to the challenge? Register with the National Coordinator in your country now!The countries participating in BISC-E2023 are shown below. The national student team winners from the national BISC-Es can participate in the European final.
The actual deadlines will be set by the national coordinator in each country.
The European final will proceed in two rounds during September 2023. In the first round, all national student team winners present their business case to a panel of international experts. The panel judges the proposals, focusing on technological excellence. The top-5 student teams proceed to the final round to pitch their case to industry experts who judge the proposals focusing on scalability and economic feasibility. The combined scores from the panel of experts and industry determines the ultimate winners of BISC-E.
All national winners represent their country in the European final, organised by Bio-based Industry Consortium. The European final is scheduled for the autumn of 2023. The Bio-based Industry Consortium has made some great prizes available for the winner of the European final.
The top-5 student teams will receive training on pitching and making of a video to present their innovative proposal. All videos will be uploaded on the BIC website and are accessible for everybody.
The 19 countries that
participate this year with their National Coordinator and contact persons are:
For information on the national BISC-E in your country, click on the flag/name of the country to lead you to the national BISC-E website.