Red Bull Basement returns to showcase student tech innovators

The competition is now open to university students around the world, with applications closing on 24 October

Red Bull Basement is back again this year, providing a platform for the greatest student tech innovators from universities worldwide to showcase their ideas.

The contest invites student entrepreneurs and inventors from around the globe to submit innovative concepts they believe will disrupt the status quo, harnessing the power of technology to drive positive change.

Successful applicants can make use of resources such as professional mentoring, workshops, networking opportunities and more, with basic funds also supplied.

Red Bull Basement culminates in a global final where thought leaders and visionaries work alongside student teams representing each of the 44 participating countries.

The winner will take home a custom package of resources to help develop their idea, with additional support and mentorship given to all finalist teams.

A number of winners from previous events have expanded their ideas in the wider world. The winning team from 2019, for example, called Austria’s Audvice, has grown significantly since entering the contest, receiving six-figure funding in the first investment round for their learning and collaboration tool.

Last year’s Lava Aqua X from the UK stood out against 3,800 other teams with their pitch for an ecologically-friendly reinvention of the washing machine. The water-saving potential of the Lava Aqua X has gave the two creators from Brunel University the chance to take their invention to market.

Paramveer Bhachu, Lava Aqua X co-founder, commented: “The cool thing about Red Bull Basement is that it can work for a variety of different ideas. For us, we were able to build a prototype model and make the intellectual property and trademark arrangements. In addition, we took a lot of knowledge from opportunities like the workshops.

“We also wanted to advocate sustainability and saving water,” added Bhachu, “and the event’s outreach put us in touch with people all over the world.”

Timeline, Red Bull Basement 2021

1 September – 24 October

Application window opens. The UK public are invited to give ‘shout-outs’ to their favourite teams. 

25 October – 2 November

National judges select one team to represent the UK in the global final, concluding with a simultaneous announcement of all selected teams. 

13 –15 December

The international teams connect and pitch their ideas in the global final in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Entrants must be 18+ years old and currently enrolled in higher education. The entry process requires candidates to upload a video that clearly and concisely conveys the team’s idea. The public will then be able to give online ‘shout-outs’ to their favourite ideas, which will then form part of the criteria judges consider – along with feasibility, creativity and impact – to determine the national finalists.

National teams will then have approximately five weeks to refine their ideas with support from Red Bull Basement resources, including an international mentorship programme, before attending the three-day final in Istanbul, Turkey, where teams will pitch their projects to a panel of experts.

Applications are open until 24 October. Click here to register for entry to Red Bull Basement 2021.

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