The Big Idea Challenge video pitch competition encourages young people from programme countries to develop an innovative ‘startup’ and tell the world about it. 

The four competition categories give all types of ideas an equal chance – whether it's about a great business venture, an amazing creative project, protection of our planet and its resources or simply trying to make the world a better place. We also announce new 2021 Climate Change category - ideas that address the causes and/or effects of climate change with the goal to protect our planet and its resources with a focus at community, local or national level. The categories are:

  1. Digital technology
  2. Social impact 
  3. Creative 
  4. Climate change

We've had 900 brand new ideas come in, 52 teams that won mentoring opportunities from the UK experts, 17 teams from seven countries were awarded with a total £ 42,000 prize to develop their businesses, two teams which became Grand Champions and won £ 1,000 each to develop their business idea.

Find out more about each of the 2021 country finalists below.

Climate Change category

EcoCon

An online portal where people have options to get rid of their unwearable clothing and accessories.

Participant(s): Maniya Khanlarzade, Ismayil Eyyublu, Fakhri Khanlarzade

Institution: ADA University

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Ecoset

Yearly subscription providing pupils with ecofriendly items.

Participant(s): Rashid Jafarov

Institution: Khazar University

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Sustainable delivery system

Delivery of non-food items by bicycle.

Participant(s): Tofig Hidayetzadeh, Vusala Sarkhanova

Institution: Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication

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Creative category

Find Your Musician

To find musicians from digital music platforms.

Participant(s): Nijat Baghirov

Institution: Baku Music Academy

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Smart and Win!

Platform connecting content creators and visitors through competitions.

Participant(s): Abduljalil Omarov

Institution: Khazar University

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Stork

Giving you the opportunity to earn an additional source of income while traveling.

Participant(s): Elnur Mammadov

Institution: Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (AzUAC)

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Digital Technology category

Respondables

Digital paid survey platform collecting effective and useful information by paying participants to answer surveys.

Participant(s): Tural Salmanov

Institution: Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC)

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Stubie.org

Online marketplace to hire freelance study-abroad consultants.

Participant(s): Aitadj Mirzoyeva

Institution: Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC)

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TechnoHealth

The mobile application addressing the challenges in the medical sector.

Participant(s): Gulnara Mirzayeva

Institution: Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (AzUAC)

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Social Impact category

HerGuide

Application guiding women through their teenage, marriage, pregnancy periods.

Participant(s): Taravat Asgarova, Abdurahman Eminov

Institution: Khazar University

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Inclusive Health

The platform making health accessible to everyone by connectiong doctors and people with medical problems.

Participant(s): Hikmat Baloghlanov

Institution: Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC)

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ProtectHer

Mobile application helping children and women revealing sexual or abusive harassment.

Participant(s): Elnura Sadigova

Institution: Baku Music Academy

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Last year's winners

Kekalove Adaptive Fashion | Social impact category and Country winner

An adaptive fashion brand for persons with disabilities.

Participant(s): Mahammad Kekalov

Institution: Azerbaijan State University of Economics 

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G2G Hotel | Creative category winner

The Game-to-Gamer hotel for game lovers.

Participant(s): Hasan Safaraliyev, Aytan Hajiyeva, Miryaqub Babayev

Institution: Khazar University

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Mealman | Digital technology category winner

Order your food before arriving at the restaurant.

Participant(s): Zaman Karimov, Elnur Valikhanli

Institution: Khazar University

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Road Buddy | People's Choice Award winner

Gadget/app to aid visually impaired people to navigate independently.

Participant(s): Solmaz Fatullayeva

Institution: Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction

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