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Student Ideas Competition​​

Do you have an interesting idea? Are you looking for a way to turn it into a functional product or service? Enter the 2nd year of the competition at Masaryk University, in which the best ideas will receive a total of CZK 400,000 and support from the experts at JIC who have some great advice about starting a business. What's more, you can win a place in an international exchange programme.

What can you get?
  • financial support for your own business
  • mentors' support and help from experts
  • network of contacts among other enterprising students
  • experience with presenting your ideas and plans in front of others
  • international mobility options within the EDUC project


You can enter the competition, if:
  • you are a Bachelor's, Master's or doctoral student of any MU programme,
  • you have a great business idea,
  • you know your competition and want to take the first steps towards bringing your idea to fruition,
  • you need funding to start your business,
  • you want to start a business, and you're serious about it.


How can you enter:
  • read the rules of the competition
  • you can enter as an individual or as a team of up to 4 students
  • register your idea by 28 February 2022
  • If you need help filling in the annexes, write to We'll be happy to send you a recording of a webinar that will tell you how to do it.
Expert Committee:
Radoslav Trautmann

Among his key competencies at the Technology Transfer Office MU are searching for technology transfer business opportunities, devising intellectual property commercialization strategies, negotiating licensing agreements, market research and market potential analyses, innovation management and starting spin-off companies. 

Alena Šafrová Drášilová

She is an assistant professor at the Department of Corporate Economy, Faculty of Economics and Administration. She teaches courses regarding mainly business and management and does research in the field of international management. She worked as a marketing and PR manager, and she's offering consultancy and training services as a freelancer.

Michal Daniel

As a member of the top management of the Notino Group, he is in charge of strategic development of HR and Legal affairs and departments together with the expansion of the group into new countries. He is also responsible for finding, managing and developing external companies. Since 2021, he has been the managing director of the investment fund Salirione Capital.

Hana Šudáková

Hanka has been working with startups for ten years. She started consulting support at JIC for starting entrepreneurs and was also a manager of the international startup accelerator. She still works with startups and business novices, either individually as a consultant or as part of events, where she lectures and conducts workshops.

Petr Dostál

Petr works at the innovation agency JIC in Brno, where he oversees investments and works as a project manager too. His work encompasses connecting noteworthy innovative startups with suitable investors and he also helps them with preparation for investments (revision of the business plan, revision of the presentation for investors, etc.).




Competition Details
1. Registration and selection of interesting projects

You can register until 28 February 2022. It is a very simple process. You only need to upload the documents filled in according to the templates and provide some basic information about the team and the idea.

We'll choose up to 30 most interesting ideas that will make it to the next round of the competition

2. Presentation day and introducing the ideas

By the end of March, up to 30 teams will get an opportunity to present their ideas to the expert committee.

The top ten teams chosen by the committee will receive CZK 10,000 to develop their idea further. Moreover, one of the teams will be given an opportunity to participate in an international exchange programme.

3. The finals

The committee will choose the ideas that were developed the most using the funding and have the greatest business potential.

It will then split approximately CZK 400,000 among the teams. The committee will also pick one team that will be given a place in an international exchange programme.


What if I don't have a team?
It's OK. A team comprising just one student – you – can also enter the competition.

What if I work on the idea with more people?
A team of up to four members can enter the competition.

What if I work on the idea with someone who is not a MU student?
Only MU students can officially enter the competition; however, others can still help you.

Can I enter even if I don't have any experience with doing business?
Yes, the competition is intended for students interested in business and those who want to take their first business steps.

Can I participate even If I stop being a student during the course of the competition?
Finishing, interrupting or terminating your studies during the course of the competition is in conflict with the rules and will end your participation.


Do you need more information?

One of the fundamental values of Masaryk University is its responsibility towards knowledge and technology transfer. The mission of the Technology Transfer Office is to help good ideas cross the university's threshold and take care of its applicable results.

JIC helps people develop their businesses to make the world a better place. Its vision is an open, innovation-friendly environment that is home to globally successful business people and inspires the world. JIC helps, guides, inspires, teaches and believes that only people who make good sense of work and business can be both successful and happy.


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