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!


Teams develop an innovative product or process which is bio-based (uses renewable, biological resources). You don’t need to produce your product yet, but you and your team should make it plausible that it could work!

These ideas are presented to a jury of experts from industry and academia. The presentation has to address sustainability, technical feasibility and economic viability of your innovation.


The challenge is open for students of colleges/universities across different levels (up to and including first year of PhD). Due to the multidisciplinary character of the challenge, it is recommended to embody multiple disciplines in your team, of which science should be one. Team members can come from different institutions.


If you are interested in registering your interest in taking part in the 2024/2025 BISC-E, please contact David Williamson via email

2024 Winners

The student team from the School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, University College Dublin are the winners of the national Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E) 2024. The team will now go forward to compete at European level in September and will be further developing their prototype, undertaking further research in developing their business plans in using an integrated anaerobic digestion and microalgae process. 

2023 Winners

Circle-P, an innovative student project proposing the use of biorefineries to recover and recycle phosphorous from industrial wastewaters, were the national winner of the 2023 Irish Bio-Based Innovation Student Challenge – Europe. The MTU winners, Shon George Shiju, Eanna Dowling and Brian Mattimoe will now compete against 19 European teams in early September for the chance to enter the final round of the competition!


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

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