Lightbulb is the University of Aberdeen’s  business idea competition exclusively for University of Aberdeen students. Lightbulb2022 will be open for applications in February. See below for details on how to enter.

Who can apply?

All students across any discipline and level of study with an early-stage business idea. Open to all idea types but particularly interested in hearing about net zero, life science and social enterprise ideas.

Applications are welcomed from any registered student from the University of Aberdeen who wish to apply for incubation space in ABVenture Zone and/or funding to develop a business idea or to support their new start-up. For the purposes of this application, your start-up business is not expected to be much more than two years old.

What’s on offer?

  • Incubation space in ABVenture Zone.
  • Prizes of up to £500 can be won every month.
  • This is a competitive process and prizes are not guaranteed.
  • A Review Panel will make the final decision.

Examples of eligible activities that you can apply for prize money for include, but are not limited to:

  • Equipment and facilities
  • Market research
  • Prototype production
  • Training
  • Brand development and marketing
  • Intellectual Property protection

What do you need to do?

Complete the short application form to give us an overview of your idea and why you think its special. Email ABVentures for an application form.

Key dates

Month Applications open Deadline Winners announced

Week commencing

February 1 February 28 February 14 March
March 1 March 31 March 18 April
April 1 April 30 April 16 May