** Deadline: 17 February, 2019, midnight**
Do you have an idea that solves an everyday problem? Have you ever wondered what you would need to do to turn that idea into reality?
All-Innovate is a great opportunity to explore your idea! Come along to our free Idea Exploration workshops (listed below) to learn the vital first steps you need to take in the entrepreneurial journey. You can start to prepare your idea for the competition, whilst building skills in creative thinking and problem solving, working with peers from across the University! And did we mention the prizes…? The All-Innovate contest is an Oxford inter-college idea competition in which students can pitch their entrepreneurial ideas for a chance to win a top prize of £10,000 prize money, and two runner up prizes of £5,000. The competition aims to encourage ALL students at Oxford, regardless of discipline, to develop an entrepreneurial skill set and to generate entrepreneurial ideas. All-Innovate is led by Oxford Colleges, in partnership with The Oxford Foundry, and is supported by Santander Universities. Is this competition connected with the Tri-Innovate idea competition? Following a kind donation, Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College and Pat Nuttal, Fellow of Wolfson College, launched Tri-Innovate in 2015 as a collaborative initiative between Hertford, Pembroke and Wolfson Colleges. Following the tremendous success and growth of the competition since 2015, Will and Pat have endorsed and are supporting The Oxford Foundry to scale the competition to include all 38 colleges, expanding the opportunity to all students at Oxford.
When can I apply? Applications for the competition are open between 23rd January – 17th February and the competition itself will take place on 28th February 2019 Who can apply? The competition is open to all current University of Oxford students who have an official association to an Oxford College. Applications to the competition must be done via a participating college. At least one member of each team must have an association with the college through which they apply. If a team is made up of members of multiple participating colleges, then the team will apply through the college of the founder/leading team member, and may not submit multiple applications through multiple colleges. Should there be two co-founders, the college through which they apply will be at the team's own discretion. Are visiting students able to enter the competition? Whilst the primary audience for the competition is full time students, visiting students are eligible to enter, at the college's discretion, if they have official association with the college. What if my college hasn't opted in? If you have an official association to a college, but that college hasn't opted into the competition, then you are still eligible to enter the competition, represented by the Oxford Foundry. Selection Process Shortlist – 20 teams will be shortlisted to attend a 1-day boot camp, with experts and mentors who will provide guidance and feedback. At the end of this day, all teams will pitch their idea, and 10 finalists will be selected by the judging panel. Finalists – The 10 finalists will pitch at the All Innovate final contest. Prior to this, all finalists will be invited to a 1 week long boot camp, which will offer additional guidance and support to help the teams to refine their proposition and pitch. 3 Winners: 1 Top Prize – Innovation of the Year Award £10,000 2 Highly commended awards £5,000