BISC-E invites students from all disciplines to design solutions that contribute to a sustainable and circular economy. Are you ready to develop an innovative bio-based solution to help overcome hurdles standing in the way of a climate-neutral Europe? These innovative products or services can tackle technological, environmental or societal challenges, as long as they are wholly or partly derived from renewable biological sources.

Do you want to design a creative bio-based solution in a multidisciplinary student team? The Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E) encourages students to explore the emerging bio-based work field while developing a new bio-based product or process. Are you up for the challenge?

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Connect with peers and industry leaders while you develop skills in interdisciplinary collaboration, challenge-based learning and the design and presentation of solutions towards carbon-neutrality.  

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Training will be provided on developing business pitches and creating videos for your bio-based solutions with both Irish and European industry specialists. 

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The national competition will be held in Dublin with a jury from industry, academia and government deciding the team that will go on to represent Ireland at the European level, along with a cash prize!


All teams develop a bio-based innovation (product or process) and present their ideas via a powerpoint presentation to a jury of experts from industry and science. The presentation has to address sustainability, technical feasibility and economic viability of your innovation. You don’t need to produce your product yet, but you and your team should make it plausible that it could work.


The challenge is open for final year students of college/universities of applied sciences (e.g.VIA) and all university students (BSc and MSc). Due to the multidisciplinary character of the challenge it is recommended to embody multiple disciplines in your team, of which exact science should be one. Team members can come from different institutions.


If you are interested, please complete this form either as an individual, or as a team. We will then ensure every person has a team of 3 - 6 students, a topic of interest and a supervisor. Deadline for registrations is 14th April 2023.

14th April 2023 

Registration deadline 

Mid April 2023

Kick-off with all participants (date TBD) 

End of April 2023

Training support  

15th May 2023

Submission deadline for video presentations and supporting documents

Early June 2023

Irish National Competition in Dublin (date and venue tbc) 

Autumn 2023 

EU final (date and location tbd) 


More detailed information can be found in this document. Please read all the provided rules and regulations carefully.

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