If you are a student or apprentice on a course in a UK college or university, or a member of staff with a budding idea for tech that could support the learning process, there is still time to enter our Summer of Student Innovation competition, which closes on Monday 23 May 2016.
This year we have two competitions, the student ideas competition that’s aimed at teams with new ideas with £5,000 of funding up for grabs, and the supporting technology start-ups competition where entrants could win a huge £20,000 of funding.
Importantly though, you mustn’t leave it too long to enter your idea as to be shortlisted for the next stage you’ll need your submission to gain 250 votes of support.
Why you should enter?
Winners will not only benefit from funding and support, but also from getting a real taste of life in the cutting edge world of technology start-ups, helping to develop employability skills like planning and pitching. You'll also raise the profile of your institution and increase your own profile and social enterprise reputation.
What have others done?
Academic writing tool
Holly Shahverdi is part of a team of five winners from the 2015 Summer of Student Innovation competition, who created SALT - an academic writing tool. Their website to support academic writing has been developed into an app and will be ready to be piloted by universities soon.
The team were also runners up in a The Guardian University Awards 2016. Holly has said that the competition gave her and the rest of the SALT creators a boost in confidence, and unmatchable real world experience of working on a project that can genuinely help university students.
Supporting apprentices to find placements
The colleges identified the challenge existing and potential apprentices have in engaging with employers and put forward similar ideas that allowed learners to showcase their skills and engage employers.
The teams hugely impressed me with the amount of market research they undertook at the design sprint and with the exceptional creativity of their designs. Their idea is a great example of a problem in the sector that could be addressed with technology.
Developing student employability skills
Both of these start-ups are currently working successfully with several institutions to deliver solutions to real problems identified by students.
Why we want to work with you
We want to work with our members to provide technology solutions which actually work for them. The competitions give us an opportunity to do just that, identifying and developing new products that meet the needs of universities, colleges and learning providers.
How to enter
So if you have an idea that could help learners or researchers in education and you would like the funding and support to make it a reality, get your ideas to us in before 23 May 2016.
All you need to do is find a team to work with, create a video pitch and upload it to Elevator. What could be easier? You could be a winner and see your idea become a valuable product that helps to make the future of learning better for learners in higher education, further education and skills.
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