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 £10,000 in prizes to our brilliant community.

With six categories to enter, there’s something for everyone – individuals and businesses alike.

PLUS we are hosting a very jazzy awards dinner on 11 April 2019 to announce our winners and throw a Bright Red Triangle community party #HellYeah.


Applications have now closed

Competition Categories

Six categories to apply for – take your pick and apply for one or more!

Bright Ideas

If you have an exciting early-stage business idea, this category is for you. Open to all Edinburgh Napier University students, graduates, and staff.

Business for Good

For BRT community members who run a social enterprise or business with a social purpose. Don’t worry, if you’re not a BRT member yet – you can sign up first, then apply.

Active Citizens

Individuals who have positively impacted their local community with a social or environmental focused project – this category is for you. Open to Edinburgh Napier students, graduates, and staff.

Creative Consultants

For our exceptional Junior Consultants (past & present) who have used their consultancy experience as a springboard for personal and/or career growth.

Going for Growth

For BRT community members who have been running and scaling their business for more than one year with ambitious plans for growth.

Enterprising Educators

Edinburgh Napier staff, if you have a module, project, or programme that gets our students involved in enterprise activities – we want to hear from you.

Everything you need to know

Find out everything you need to know about how to ace your application by reading through our Bright Red Sparks competition guidelines here.

Steps to apply

Step 1:

Business Model Canvas/YOU

Business Model Canvas

*For Bright Ideas, Business for Good, Going for Growth categories only!

Business Model Canvas (BMC) is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models. You will need to complete a BMC and upload it to your application form if you are applying for the Bright Ideas, Business for Good, or Going for Growth categories.

Business Model YOU

*For Creative Consultants category only!

A personal business model is the logic by which an individual creates and delivers something valuable to customers — and is paid for doing so.

Step 2:

60 Second Video Pitch

No matter what category you are applying for – you will need to complete a 60 second video pitch. All pitch videos must be uploaded to YouTube (it can be made private) and then the link (and password, if applicable) added to your application form.

All pitches for those shortlisted into the Bright Red Sparks finals will be shown at our awards dinner on Thursday, 11 April 2019.

To get some tips for your video pitch, read our competition guidelines and book an appointment with one of our friendly staff.

Step 3:

Application Form

With your Business Model Canvas/YOU (if applicable), and your 60 minute pitch complete & uploaded to YouTube – you’re now ready to apply!

All you need to do is click the link below and head over to our application form. Answer the questions relevant to your entry, upload your Business Model Canvas/YOU, and add the link (and password, if required) to your 60 second video pitch, and that’s you in the running to win!

Applicants… What happens next

  • • Applicants will find out by Friday, 22 March 2019, if they have been shortlisted.
  • • Shortlisted applicants will go forward to an external judging panel.
  • • External judges will select two/three category finalists.
  • • All finalists will be informed by Friday, 29 March 2019.
  • • The winner of each category will be announced live at the awards dinner on Thursday, 11 April 2019.

If you have any questions  please drop us an email

Bright Red Triangle