BISC-E / Bio-Based Innovation Student Challenge ​Europe

Do you want to design a creative bio-based solution in a multidisciplinary student team? The Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E) encourages students to explore the emerging bio-based work field while developing a new bio-based product or process. Are you up for the challenge? The competition is run in two stages.  First the Italian National Competition which will  be completed by 30 June  and then the European competition between the national winners from all the countries in volved in Autumn. You can see the counties involved at


The Challenge

All teams develop an innovative bio-based product or process to help resolve technological, environmental, or societal challenges that could become part of the bio-based industry and the bioeconomy. Build your business case in a multidisciplinary student team. Present its benefits and your entrepreneurship (via a powerpoint presentation) to experts from industry and academia. The experts will judge your business case on technological excellence, sustainability and environmental performance, and economic feasibility. You don’t need to produce your product yet, but you and your team should make it plausible that it could work. To take part in Italy, contact: Salvatore Fusco 

Who Can Apply?

BISC-E is open to graduating students at universities of Applied Sciences and research universities. First-year PhD students can be part of a student team provided their current level is comparable to others within the European Qualification Framework, and the overarching framework of qualifications of the European Higher Education Area. It is highly advisable that the teams include students from different disciplines, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. Team members can be enrolled at different universities.

Everybody wins!

Participating in BISC-E makes you a winner thanks to the valuable experience you gain through collectively, in a multidisciplinary team, creating solutions for a sustainable future. And above all, the climate and the environment will be the ultimate winners! If your team becomes the national BISC-E winner, you will be invited to represent your country in the European final.
FIRST: €1000
SECOND: €500
THIRD: €250

28 April 2023
Registration deadline of student teams with the National Coordinator

05 May 2023
Kick-off with all participants

06 May – 04 June 2023
Student teams prepare their case for the national BISC-E

5 June 2023
Submission of business case and supporting documents to the National Coordinator

30 June 2023
National BISC-E round to determine the national winner

   Jury:    Davide Ederle, Knowledge Transfer Expert, Biotecnologi Italiani    Isabella De Bari, Processes and Technologies for Biorefineries and Green Chemistry, ENEA CR TRISAIA    Ilaria Re, EU Project Office Director, Consorzio Italbiotec    Leonardo Gaiani, Junior Technical and Scientific Coordinator, Italian Circular Bioeconomy Cluster

Autumn 2023
EU final (location to be decided by Biobased Industry Consortium)


Would you like to know more about our national competition? Please feel free to contact us!
Salvatore Fusco (University of Verona)

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