Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship - IDEAFEST Business Idea Competition


IDEAFEST Student Business Idea Competition

The annual IDEAFEST Competition, open to all University of Reading and Henley Business School students, seeks to find the student with the best idea for a business. Students that enter IDEAFEST have the opportunity to present their business ideas and gain support that could lead to the business idea being commercialised.

Students don't need prior knowledge of entrepreneurship to enter IDEAFEST - all that's required is a genuine passion for developing their business ideas. Students can enter IDEAFEST either on their own or as part of a team and prior to submitting it's recommended that students arrange an appointment at the Business Idea and Start-Up Clinic, held on Wednesday afternoons, to help refine their idea. To book a slot at the Clinic contact Alex Baker on a.j.baker@henley.ac.uk

The winner of IDEAFEST receives a cash prize of £1,000 to spend on developing their business idea, with mentoring from Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and sponsors. There are also cash prizes for second and third places and an additional cash prize of another £1,000 for the best innovative idea. On top of this, there is a special China bursary open to all MBA students for the best idea capable of being commercialised in China. This bursary is sponsored by Savio Kwan, the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Alibaba.

IDEAFEST 2020 was won by video production company Duke Media, who collected £1,000 for winning the Best Business Idea category. To read the full news release of the IDEAFEST 2020 Final please click here.


The prize for the Best Innovative Idea category and the Best Business Idea for China categories were both awarded to INAP, an accommodation information platform for international students and accommodation owners.

In addition, Dr Lebene Soga led an IDEAFEST Promotional Video Competition to showcase that IDEAFEST can be entered by any students, whatever their course or background, and has lasting benefits. The Promotional Video Competition was won by Lucas Cimino, a BA Entrepreneurship and Management student. You can read the full story here and Lucas' winning video can be viewed here.

In 2019 IDEAFEST also launched internationally, with a Kazakhstan IDEAFEST Final and a Ukraine IDEAFEST Final. To find out more about the most recent international IDEAFEST competitions, read the full stories here and here respectively.

Details of the launch of IDEAFEST 2021 will be released closer to the time.

For further information about IDEAFEST please contact Jurek Sikorski:

E: jurek.sikorski@henley.ac.uk T: 0118 378 8188

IDEAFEST is sponsored by both Savio Kwan, the former President and COO of Alibaba, and Renal Services.