Can your Bright Mind solve 100% Renewable Energy?


Is your renewable solution ready to scale?

For the first ever Bright Minds Challenge, we’re on the search for innovative solutions and new materials that will fast-forward the movement towards 100% renewable energy.

We’re looking for Bright Minds – be they academics, entrepreneurs, technologists or enthusiasts – who’ve hit on something big:

  1. A renewable energy solution that can significantly advance the potential for solar or energy storage.
  2. Patent-ready – whether or not you’ve got the actual patent, you’ll have a working prototype and be ready to scale up.

You’ll also need to be able to demonstrate that you’ve got the drive and determination to see your solution through to success – to tangibly advance the world’s movement towards 100% renewable energy.

The Challenge is all about helping YOU to scale your solution. You will retain IP and control. This is your idea – we want to help you and your solution to succeed.

One solution will get 500 hours of expert support

Get input from a community of experts and enthusiasts. Plus the chance to win a support package that will turbo-charge your solution.

Together we can achieve 100% renewable energy

By taking part you’ll be helping to speed up societal progress – starting with the urgent global response to climate change.

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.

How it works

You have until 1 February 2017 to submit your patent-ready solution. Then the voting begins. You’ll get money-can’t-buy support at every step of the process.


    Get noticed; submit your solution and video.
    By 1 Feb 2017

  • VOTE

    The Top 10 solutions are chosen by public vote.
    8 Feb - 28 Feb 2017


    An expert panel chooses the top 3, who get 1-to-1 mentoring.
    Mar-Apr 2017


    The Top 3 make a live pitch to the judges.
    Jun 2017

  • WIN

    Winner announced. Global kudos and expert support.
    Jun 2017

Meet the Bright Minds Challenge Judges (Top 10)

Meet the Bright Minds Challenge Judges (1st, 2nd & 3rd)

Support the Bright Minds

Even if you’re not entering a solution, you can still play an important role in the Bright Minds Challenge. Here’s what you can do.