Bright Red Sparks

Lightbulb moments, inspiring people.

The Bright Red Sparks competition is here to celebrate the innovative and enterprising students, staff and alumni of Edinburgh Napier University.

We’re giving away £12,000 in prizes to our brilliant community.

With six categories to enter, there’s something to fit businesses of all shapes and sizes.

PLUS we are hosting a very jazzy awards dinner on 26th May to announce our winners and throw a startup community party #HellYeah.


The Competition Categories

Here’s a quick breakdown of our competition categories.

Are you a student or alumni with an awesome business idea? Maybe you’ve started it, maybe you haven’t just yet. Either way, this category is for you!

This category is designed for Edinburgh Napier staff with their own bold business idea or side hustle.

For BRT community members who run a social enterprise or a business with a social purpose.

For BRT community members who have been running and scaling their business for 2+ years with ambitious plans for growth.

Recognising our Changing Perceptions volunteers,

who bend over backwards to contribute to our community and impact social change.

For our exceptional Junior Consultants who have used their Consultancy experience as a springboard for personal and/or career growth.

Next Steps

Step 1

Download our information PDF with full details of the entry criteria and how to apply

Step 2

Download your copy of the Business Model Canvas or Business Model You

Step 3

Submit your application and youtube video link

Competition Closes 22nd April 2018

Bright Red Sparks Awards Dinner

The Details

Saturday 26th May

The Hub, Royal Mile

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Tickets available to reserve April 2018

The Dinner

We invite the BRT community to celebrate with us at the first Bright Red Sparks Awards dinner. The evening will be a mix of inspiring entrepreneurial stories, business pitches, delicious food and general shenanigans.


No, not at all! As long as your lead team member is a student, graduate or staff member from Edinburgh Napier University – you can still apply as a team.

Take a look at our “Who can apply?” section in our information PDF. Some sections require you to be a Bright Red Triangle member and other categories don’t. If you want to apply to a category requiring you to be a member, you can sign up now and then apply.

By ‘early stage’ we mean a business that has been registered for less than 24 months or is yet to incorporate with Companies House.

If you have any questions or would like any help with the application process please drop us an email

Bright Red Triangle