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Get involved: The World Innovation Challenge

Registration for the World Innovation Challenge (WIC) is currently open until Monday 5 October 2020.

What is the WIC?

WIC is hosted by Warwick Enterprise and Monash SEED (Monash University, Australia), in partnership with The Human Entrepreneur, Monash Generator, Enactus Warwick, Warwick Entrepreneurs, Warwick Kickstart, Warwick SEED, Warwick GSD Society, and Warwick Innovation District. This is a great opportunity for Warwick students to work in international teams with Monash University students. The aim is to create a business idea that tackles a key sustainability challenge. The Challenge starts on Friday 9 October 2020 at 9:30 am (BST). Participants will work online for 48 hours (including sleep/resting and other work) to make a business plan.

What can I win?

The best team will win £2,000/$4,000 to kickstart their business idea (or they can keep the money). They will also be offered a place in Enactus Warwick’s Advance Accelerator, a student-led accelerator for social enterprises targeting sustainability.

Who can register?

Students of all experience levels, backgrounds, and courses are encouraged to register. No business or sustainability experience is required.

Why get involved?

This event is designed to help you build transferable skills in critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Across the 48 hours you’ll receive guidance, listen to keynote talks, and receive mentoring from industry experts to develop innovation skills.

Final year GSD and Business Studies student Luke Netherclift is helping to organise the WIC:

"I'm really excited to be launching the World Innovation Challenge this year. It will be a great opportunity for Warwick and Monash students to collaborate and form ideas around making a global, sustainable impact. Students will develop their sustainability and professional skillset and I can't wait to see some of the ideas come to life and truly create change!"

How to register

You can register for the challenge here. You must register individually but you can apply with up to 2 people. Students will be selected by a panel of students organising the event and you’ll be contacted before the event if you have been selected or not.

Key information

  • Registration closes: Monday 5 October 2020
  • Challenge commencement: 9:30 am BST, 7:30 pm AEDT; Friday 9 October 2020
  • Duration: 48 hours
  • Location: Online