Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship - IDEAFEST Business Idea Competition


IDEAFEST Student Business Idea Competition

The annual IDEAFEST Competition, which is for students at both the Henley Business School and the University of Reading, seeks to find the best business idea capable of being commercial and an opportunity to practice entrepreneurship.

Students can submit their business idea to a panel of judges and if the judges believe their idea has promise they can then pitch their idea for the chance to win a cash prize of £1,000, with cash prizes for the second and third places too. In addition, there is also a cash prize for the best innovative idea and a £3,000 bursary for the best idea from the full-time MBA class.

The schedule for the 2019 IDEAFEST Competition is as follows:

Thursday 17 January, 10:30am to 1:30pm - Introduction to IDEAFEST Workshop, room LG01 of the Henley Business School building, Whiteknights campus

Friday 1 February, 9:00am - IDEAFEST opens to receive entries

Friday 22 March, 11:59pm - deadline for submitting an entry to IDEAFEST

Wednesday 24 April, 2:00pm to 5:00pm - IDEAFEST Competition Final, room G15 of the Henley Business School building, Whiteknights campus

The Competition, which was co-founded by HCfE and Pitmans, is pleased to announce the winners from the 2018 IDEAFEST Competition. Many congratulations to Sirada Chokwareeporn, Setthawut Kulsrisuwan, Thanaporn Tosangchai and Jonas Tusar for their innovative veggie brownie business, Norma.


Receiving her award, Sirada said: "IDEAFEST was more than prizes, it gave us experience and let us know that this is not just us who see the opportunities in Norma and desire to push it to be a real product. I can’t wait for the launch in the UK now! Thank you for supporting us."

You can read more about the 2018 IDEAFEST Competition here.

For further information about the IDEAFEST Competition please contact Jurek Sikorski:

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

The IDEAFEST Business Idea Competition is co-founded and sponsored by Pitmans LLP, a long-established, locally based legal practice with a strong record of supporting entrepreneurs.