Fresh Ideas 2018-19

Fresh Ideas 2018-19

Please note that this competition is now closed

Competition Details

SIE Competition — Cash Prize
October 1, 2018 - January 28, 2019


About this Competition


FRESH IDEAS is Scotland’s longest running national student enterprise competition for ideas at an early stage. The competition is designed exclusively for students and recent* graduates of all subjects.

Fresh ideas gives you everything you need to make a difference!

If you have an idea, then FRESH IDEAS is for you. From October to January EVERY MONTH you’ll have the chance to win a cash prize to help you develop your idea into a real business venture.

Don’t worry if you don’t know a lot about business. That’s what we’re here for! The process is designed to help you develop your business know-how and show you how to turn a good idea into a successful new business. So even if you’re not a winner, you’ll still benefit from our help and be in a great position to take the next steps.

The winners and highly commended entries from each month can enter the next stage of the competition, where they can win one of the top prizes.

(*within 2 years of graduating)


Fresh Ideas prizes range from seed money to in-kind specialist support with the total package valued at over £20,000.

Monthly winners and highly commended entrants will have the chance to participate in Exploration Day  in February 2019 and enter the next phase of the competition. The final top 5 entries, each winning up to £1200, will be announced at a special Awards Event in March 2019. The winners will also access in-kind support determined by their specific needs.


How to enter

Entry to Fresh Ideas is through completing our online entry form.

Stage One of the competition involves monthly rounds running from October to January.

Stage Two of the competition brings together all the monthly winners and highly commended entrants. They go on to attend Exploration Day in February  and could pitch to judges in our final in March 2019 for the chance to win one of the top prizes!

Fresh Ideas has closed for academic year 2018-19 and will open again in October 2019.


2019-20 Key Dates TBC

Monthly closing dates (STAGE ONE)



Exploration Day
TBC February 2020

Final Pitching
TBC March 2020

Winners announced at SIE Awards Dinner
TBC March 2020