Idea Idol 2018

Six startups; one winner.

Applications Open NOW:

With a grand prize worth £10,000, Idea Idol 2018 is Oxford’s premier ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitching competition.

Six startup ideas will be chosen out of over a hundred submissions. On Wednesday, the 14th of March, 2018 these six teams will pitch their idea to a panel of expert judges. Only the best idea will win. Who will walk away with the £10,000 grand prize?

Join us for a priceless growth opportunity with out of this world ideas and networking opportunities with founders, VCs, angels and other investors.

All you have to do is fill out an application. We will shortlist 10-15 Ideas who will be invited to pitch to the Oxford Entrepreneurs selection Committee. Then will will select the final 6 Ideas who will be mentored on how to pitch in front of VCs.

Important Dates

Application deadline: 21st February 2018.

Pitch day: Saïd Business School, Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre. 14th March 2018.

Apply today.

Benefits of participating in Idea Idol

1. Showcase your entrepreneurial idea to respected Venture Capital funders
2. Road test your start-up in a competitive environment
3. Develop the skill set to stand out from the crowd
4. A structured mentoring programme
5. Designated industry mentors who bring additional expertise to your project team whom you can use as a sounding board.
6. Thought provoking masterclasses and workshops
7. If selected for the final stages, presentation experience
8. Exposure to the Oxford Entrepreneurial journey

Check Out Last Year’s Idea Idol


Stroom – Portable hydropower – harnessing the power of water with micro-turbines for clean, efficient energy.

MedExo – Wearable robotics – improving the lives of millions suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

Azure – Superfood – tasty, gluten-free food prepared with an ancient Aztec recipe.

Hippo – Tailored happiness – the intelligent, personalised happiness coach.

MicroSpray – Particle revolution – improving production efficiency by up to 1600%.

Fungry – Premium takeaway – healthy, delicious meals at a low cost; takeaways will never be the same.


Final Pitches