Innovation Challenge 2021

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Do you have an innovative idea that you’d like to explore further?

Enter the Heriot-Watt Innovation Challenge and you’ll have the chance to win up to £500 for your idea in Semester 1 and up to £5,000 in Semester 2.

Open to all students, including distance learners, across all campuses.

You don’t need to think of yourself as an innovator, inventor, entrepreneur or business person, or have a fully formed idea – what matters is that it’s something you care about, believe in and has potential to make an impact in some way.


Register your interest

Why Join the Challenge?
• Win up to £500 in Semester 1 and up to £5,000 in Semester 2
• Access online workshops and resources to help shape your idea before submitting it
• Meet other student innovators from across the university
• Get tailored support including online resources, expert advice and specialist workshops
• Learn how to pitch your idea
• Get help with applying to external competitions

Who can Join the Challenge?
• Any student, including distance learners

How to Apply?
• Complete the Expression of Interest form on this page (it takes 5 seconds)
• We’ll send you the application form, guidance and access to the Enterprise Teams Group so you can start sketching out your submission and ask any questions
• Attend the online workshops from October 
• Submit your completed entry to