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 and monitoring country participation through national BISC-E competions. BIC does so by nominating BISC-E National Coordinators in each country in Europe, who are organising and implementing the national BISC-Es. The Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA) will assist BIC during BISC-E 2024 to connect countries so far absent in BISC-E.
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 that have announced their participation in BISC-E 2024 are shown below and there you can find the coordinates of the respective National Coordinators. New participating countries will appear soon. The national student team winners from the national BISC-Es will participate in the European final of BISC-E 2024 in September 2024.
The actual deadlines will be set by the National Coordinator in each country.
The European final will
proceed in two rounds during September 2024. 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 determine the
ultimate winners of BISC-E 2024.
All student teams going into the first round will receive professional training on making an effective pitch. The top-5 student teams proceeding to the final round will receive in addition professional training on making a video to present their innovative proposal. All videos will be uploaded on the BIC website and are accessible for everybody.
The countries that
have announced their participation so far 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. These websites are currently being updated to show information on BISC-E 2024.