The ‘Virtual’ Big Ideas Competition

What is a ‘Virtual Big Ideas Competition’?

A good question, and one that none of us knew the answer to two weeks ago, or even imagined a month ago, but on Monday the 4th of May, like many of the seeds in my greenhouse, the Virtual Big Ideas Competition burst into life.

Over the course of the next eight weeks, our teams of students will be set challenges to help them develop their Big Ideas. The challenges have been designed around five key areas of their business plan:

  • The Issue
  • The Big Idea
  • Marketing
  • Networking
  • Finance

Every #ChallengeTuesday, a new challenge will be set. Students will be presented with four options, through the website noticeboard, and will chose which option of the challenge to complete. The challenges have all been designed considering access to IT and support, working independently from team mates as well as collaboratively, and different learning styles. All the challenges are designed to take the teams one step closer to realising their fantastic ideas. Students will submit their work each week onto a secure custom-built platform on our website which will also allow them to communicate with the Solutions for the Planet team, their teachers and (from week 3) a designated mentor. This work will form their portfolio.

The Big Ideas are available to view now on our website:

If you would like to get involved in supporting students with a specific Big Idea as a community mentor then please complete this survey and we will be in touch:

The Big Ideas teams’ portfolios of work, as well as a Big Idea video pitch, PowerPoint presentation and updated Business Plan will, in mid-June, be submitted for consideration by the panels of Regional Final judges. Teams will be then be invited to a 15-minute live Q&A with the judging panels at the end of June/ early July, after which the results will be announced.

We have postponed the National Final event, which takes place at the Palace of Westminster, London until Wednesday 18th November. Whether this event will be possible at that time is yet to be seen but we will, by hook or by crook, have a celebration event for our Big Ideas Competition 2020 National Finalists!

Nothing remains to be said except “Let’s go!!!!!”

Written by: Jen Baughan, CEO

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd

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