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Student Innovation Challenge

2021 Update

Stay well, keep working on your bright ideas, and look to the future. The Student Innovation Challenge is back! Please check Nov 1, 2020 for details.

Are you an innovator, entrepreneur, visionary?
Working on a great capstone or class project?
Have your own invention or business idea?

BCIT’s Student Innovation Challenge is an annual contest aimed at providing support, encouragement and funding to BCIT students who have “bright ideas”. Since its founding, the Student Innovation Challenge has inspired interesting and innovative students and projects.

The Challenge has 2 Categories:

  • Entrepreneurship (Innovative ideas, entrepreneurship, and commercial products)
  • Applied Research (Innovative project solving a real world problem)

Cash prizes in each category are:

    • 1st Prize – $5,000
    • 2nd Prize – $1,500
    • 3rd Prize – $500

New for 2021: the Sustainability Award – an opportunity to win $1,000 for the most sustainable idea/project in each category.

Learn more about the categories and how to apply.

We are happy to help. If you have any questions, please send a note to

“Honestly, this was probably one of the coolest experiences I could have ever asked for in terms of personal growth and experience. I’m so glad I’m part of a school that supports their students and wants to see them succeed. If you’ve got a big idea or you’re already fully submerged into your business you’ve already started, definitely seek to get involved and participate next year.”

Maxwell Jones, Jones Baby and Co
2019 Student Innovation Challenge Winners