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Grand Champions 2017: Azure!

Idea Idol 2017 has concluded - thank you all for joining us on this journey. Our grand champions this year is Azure! Click on the link below to watch the pitches. See you next year!

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Six startups. One winner.

Who will win Oxford's biggest pitching competition?

Six startup ideas have been chosen out of a hundred submissions. On 1st February, 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 on 1st Feb at the Said Business School. Event details & tickets.

It begins with an idea.

We celebrate start-up ideas in Oxford

We looked for the best ideas in Oxford

And we found ideas about robots, politics, medicine, farming - even pets!

We invited all of Oxford to participate

And we received over a hundred idea submissions across a dozen industries.

Now, six will fight for the title and £10,000.

The six grand finalists will pitch to a panel of expert judges and investors.

Grand champions of Idea Idol 2016

Prizes galore.

Up to £11,500 in cash and prizes

Grand Champions £10,000

The Grand Champions will receive a £5000 cash prize, £4000 in cloud hosting credits with a leading provider and 4 months of shared working space, worth £1000, working alongside Oxford Startup Incubator ventures at Oxford University Innovation offices on Botley Road.

Runner-up £1,000

The Runner-Up will receive £1,000 of free tax, accounting and strategic advice, kindly provided by Ridgefield Consulting. Ridgefield Consulting is Oxford’s premier boutique firm of Chartered Accountants, specialising in tech and biotech.

Audience's Choice £500

The Audience's Choice Winner will receive 1 free place on the next FAB Accelerator programme in Oxford worth £500. FAB is run by current entrepreneurs for budding entrepreneurs: 12 weekly sessions covering the A to Z of building an awesome business, delivered by experts in their fields and supported by experienced mentors.

Think out of the box.

Here's the advice we gave to applicants

Pick something you know and love

Are you a café lover? Or a medical professional? Maybe a bike enthusiast? Whatever your interests are, find an area of improvement that you feel passionate about. Often, the best ideas are solutions that come from a deep understanding of real problems.

Be impactful

Found an idea that could impact billions of people? Good. If not, don't fret. Your idea does not have to be the next Facebook or SpaceX. Can you provide better medical help for people with disabilities? Can you invent more efficient methods to teach mathematics? Find ideas that have a meaningful impact on a community, large or small.

Be practical

Sure, we would all love to have flying cars, or pills that cures any disease. But when searching for your idea, ask yourself these questions: Is my idea financially feasible? Do I have the expertise to implement my idea? Is the market ready for my product? Make sure that the answers to some of these are 'Yes' before submitting your idea.

Here are some areas of innovation that you may wish to consider.


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Important dates for applicants:

4 Jan

Application deadline

10 Jan

Application results

11 Jan

Training session

25 Jan

Training session

1 Feb

Grand Finals

FAQ for applicants:

Who can participate in Idea Idol?

Anyone can participate. Both students and non-students are welcome to apply.

What is the deadline to apply?

4 January 2017, 11:59PM.

What kind of ideas should I think about?

Ideas that can potentially turn into an impactful, viable business.

Can I apply with an existing idea that I have worked on?

Yes. Your may submit an idea that you are currently working on or have worked on before.

Can I join with a team?

Yes. Please together apply under the team leader's name. The team leader will act as the point of contact during the competition.

What happens after the application?

Shortlisted applicants will be trained to write a business proposal. Applicants with the best proposals will be given a chance to pitch for £10,000 in the Grand Finals.

How is the Audience Choice prize awarded?

The audience will be given a voting slip during the Grand Finals. The applicant with the highest number of votes will win the prize.

If I win, do I have to release equity to you?

No, winners will not have to release any equity to Oxford Entrepeneurs.

Who owns the intellectual property to my idea?

You retain all rights to your intellectual property for your own work.

Must I be available for all the dates above?

If you are shortlisted, you must attend the trainings and the Grand Finals to be eligible to win.

How can I contact you?

For any further questions, please email query@idea-idol.com.