The Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E) is a Europe-wide student competition to stimulate entrepreneurship and award excellence. The programme offers student teams opportunities to practice entrepreneurship by addressing relevant technological, environmental, or societal challenges with innovative bio-based solutions. BISC-E seeks to raise awareness and involve students in the transition towards a bio-based economy. A key objective of the BISC-E programme is to stimulate and support entrepreneurship in curricula at universities.

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has adopted BISC-E and provides a central role in mobilising country participation. BIC does so by nominating BISC-E National Coordinators in each country in Europe, and coordinates the national BISC-Es, assisted by the European Coordinator which for 2023 is the Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA). In Romania, the BISC-E is being implemented and coordinated by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca.

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How to participate

Are you ready to develop an innovative bio-based solution to help overcome hurdles standing in the way of a climate-neutral Europe? BISC-E invites students to design solutions in a multidisciplinary team and compete at national and international levels. Are you up to the challenge?

  1. Register your team and supervisor for the national competition (Romania) by 15 April 2023 in this form.
  2. Prepare your case for the national (Romania) BISC-E and submit your team’s business case and supporting documents to the National Coordinator ( by 10 June 2023
  3. We will evaluate your submission and determine the national (Romania) winner by 01 July 2023
  4. The national winner will compete in the European final.

The European final will proceed in two rounds during September 2023. In the first round, all national student team winners present their business case to a panel of international experts. The panel judges the proposals, focusing on technological excellence. The top-5 student teams proceed to the final round to pitch their case to industry experts who judge the proposals focusing on scalability and economic feasibility. The combined scores from the panel of experts and industry determines the ultimate winners of BISC-E.


Contact person: Andrei D. Mihalca (


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