Fast forward your renewable energy solution



Win five hundred hours of support (equivalent to > $100,000)

You’ve done it. You’ve put in your time in the classroom, in the field, in the labs. You’ve prototyped your idea. The science is sound and the potential is huge.

Now how do you get your solution into the marketplace, where it can make a real difference?

Submit your solution to the Bright Minds Challenge. The top three solutions will all receive commercial, technical and mentoring support from business experts, finance people and fellow scientists, with the winner receiving a $100,000 equivalency of 500 hours of tailored help to fast-forward their solution; second place will win a $50,000 equivalency of 250 hours of tailored help; and third place will win $25,000 equivalency of 125 hours of tailored help. All entrants will receive valuable exposure for their solutions. Entrants will retain the intellectual property rights related to their technology – we want to help support you to scale your solution (see terms and conditions – 7. Rights to use).

To enter, here’s what you’ll need


    Patented or patent-ready.


    Summing up your project to everyone.


    Everyone can see this.


    Only the judges will be able to see this.

What’s in it for you?

Make new connections, gain supporters and get a chance at winning invaluable expert support for your project.

For the winner

The Bright Minds Challenge 2017 winner will gain wide recognition, plus an unprecedented 500 hours (equivalent to $100,000) of tailored commercial, IP and technical support.

For the runners up

The runners up will receive wide global exposure, plus 250 and 125 hours of tailored commercial, IP and technical support equivalent to $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.

For the Top 10

The Top 10 solutions will get feedback from an influential panel of judges from the worlds of business, academia and the scientific establishment.

For everyone

Everyone who submits a solution will gain valuable exposure for their project and help communicating why their solution is deserving of wider support.

Get help and support… starting right now

Simply by entering the Challenge, you’ll be refining the story you tell about your solution. And that matters. The better you get at articulating your offer and why it’s good for society, the better its chances of rapid success.

Use these resources to help you get started.

  • Craft your entry

    A guide to crafting your entry for the Bright Minds Challenge so that it will engage and inspire the whole Bright Minds community.

  • Film your video

    Lots of handy tips and tricks for those unfamiliar with making a video to help you inspire the Bright Minds Community and win their vote.

  • Promote & campaign

    Lots of handy tips and tricks to help you reach out to the Bright Minds Community and win their vote for your solution.