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We are looking for big ideas that will contribute to a better world. Video entries accepted until November 5.

#IdeasFromEurope @TEDxBrixton


TEDx Brixton in association with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills are proud to bring to the UK, the Ideas from Europe competition: The Search for ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. For the first time, the 28 Member States of the European Union will join forces in search for the best and most inspiring ideas that have the potential to change the world for the better, while showcasing the best talent from Europe.

Each country including the UK, will select a winner that will represent their country at the 2015 SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) Assembly in Luxembourg on the 18th of November – 20th of November. The winner must be available to travel to Luxembourg from 18th to 20 November. All expenses will be paid. 

This is one of the most significant events for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. The SME Assembly will takes place during and in cooperation with the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. An international jury and Assembly delegates will select the ‘top 9’ candidates. The 10th candidate will be chosen by public voting.

The final 10 will then be invited to present their idea at The Hall of Knights on March 31st, 2016 in The Hague.

The spotlight will be on Europe’s most inspiring visionary ideas that deserve to take the world stage.

Competition Criteria

This competition is about finding the best ideas in a number of areas including education, technology, science and at a community level. We need to select an individual who will represent the UK at the SME assembly in Luxembourg, in November.

The ideas should reflect and highlight principles of the TED platform. 

Is your idea worth spreading?

Qualifying Criteria

Ideas should reflect one or more of the following area:

  • Create a positive social impact
  • Innovation in education, design, health, science and other areas
  • Tackle global challenges (sanitation, water, accessibility)
  • Sustainability, climate, natural resources
  • Welfare (equality, eradicating poverty, accessibility etc)
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Security

Entry Requirements

Pioneering, innovative and inspirational

  • Open to all UK entrepreneurs (SMEs)
  • Operational or has been in significant progress for a minimum of 18 months
  • The idea should be scalable with the potential to be applied to other countries, cities, regions
  • The entrepreneur should be able to demonstrate the idea’s intended effectiveness/ – i.e the impact this has/or will have on their targeted market (audience)
  • Revolutionary concepts should be at post-feasibility stage and should have been market-tested with a clear plan to launch, firmly in place.


  • Charity based
  • Political, Religion
  • New age thinking

Judging Process

The website will open for entries from the 30th of September until midnight 31st of October.

Thereafter projects will not submitted. Submission by emails will not accepted. All ideas must be uploaded on to the website for public viewing.

Between the 1st of November until the 5th of November, ideas will be shortlisted by a panel of judges that will include members of the public, TEDx Brixton representatives and BIS.

A first short list of 15 ideas will be drawn by the 5th of November. All shortlisted participants will be notified.

Thereafter, there will be a second round of idea judging that will include members of the public, shortlisting from 15 ideas to 10.

The final 10 will be invited to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for live presentation to an influential panel on 13th of November where the final winner to represent the UK will be selected for the quarter final round to be held in Luxembourg on the 18-20th of November.

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