Future Ideas Worldwide Academic Competition 2014 – Grand Winner gets 1,000 Euro Cash prize+ Benefits

Future Ideas Worldwide Academic Competition 2014 – Grand Winner gets 1,000 Euro Cash prize+ Benefits

Deadline: December 17, 2014

Future Ideas invites candidates to submit their ideas ( project work, honors thesis, research) in one of the six themes of the Worldwide Academic Competition. Future Ideas connects innovators from around the world to stimulate the development of ideas. Top minds from around the world, including business professionals and top professors would evaluate these ideas  and will provide direct feedback & comments. Future Ideas aims to bridge the gap between top talent and the business world by better utilizing academic knowledge.

The Six themes are

  • Future of Business
  • Future of Community
  • Future of Health
  • Future of Design
  • Future of Sustainability
  • Future of Technology!


Each theme has 3 winners!

All 3 winners get

  • Mentorship from some of the top thinkers in the world, top professors and business professionals(for first and second prize winners)
  •  Professional networking opportunities
  • Promotion on the website and social media channels
  • Being profiled in  “Ideas for the Future” winners booklet
  • Full permanent access to our platform

Grand Prize

  •  1,000 Euro Cash prize

Entry Process

  • Click Login to go to the platform or Register if you don’t have an account yet.
  •  Watch the Introduction Demo Video to get acquainted with the platform and how it works.
  •  Submit your idea in one of the 6 themes of the Worldwide Academic Competition.
  •  Update your profile on the platform. For the competition it is required that you have a complete profile and it’s the best way to make sure that interested people can find you.
  •  Comment and vote on other people’s ideas.
  •  Your idea goes through evaluation.
  • Winners are announced and awarded!

Evaluation Criteria

Entries would be judged on

  • Thoroughness and Depth of Research (20%): How did you synthesize the relevant literature in a conceptual model and subsequently tested or explored this model in your research? What methods did you use and were these methods able to give innovative insights?
  • Originality (35%): Does your thesis show scientific and practical originality? Are the established ideas used in a new way or are new ideas developed? Future Ideas is looking for works that present an idea for the future, something new and surprising.
  • Relevance and Feasibility (45%): This is the criterion we see as most important. Why? Well, what is the value of new knowledge when it cannot be used in real life? Show us that your idea is a solution to a business or societal problem (whether or not that problem yet exists is not important) and that the idea is achievable. Now what did your research actually deliver?

How to prepare & Additional Information

(1) Theme Selection

Can’t decide which of the six best matches your research? Try asking yourself the following questions and see if you can narrow it down. Really really stuck? Message us through the connect page and we’d love to help you out.

Try asking yourself the following questions…

  • What was the original motivation that prompted my research?
  • What would be the main benefit of implementing my innovative idea?
  • In which field is my idea most innovative?

(2) Sub-topic Selection:When you submit your idea you will also be asked to list the one sub-topic that you feel best describes your work. This does not affect your evaluation in the competition but is used to better organize ideas within each of the six themes. Sub-topics are listed under each theme on the website and in the description of each campaign on the platform.

(3)The following are fields that you will be required when you submit your idea via the Future Ideas Platform.

  • Idea Description: This is your first chance to make an impression on the jury. In 250 words, give us the “hard sell” for why your idea is new and innovative. This will be the first thing that we read about your work and the sole basis for the first round of evaluations. 
  • Problem: In 250 words, describe your research question and the motivations behind initiating the research. What problems does it address?
  • Research: In 300 words, explain your research procedure and why you chose your research analysis methodology.
  • Solution: In 300 words, show how your research solves the stated problem.
  • Application: In 400 words, demonstrate if your solution is feasible to be implemented. What potential barriers exist to success? How would you address these barriers?
  • Image: A nice picture draws attention to your idea. It will be shown as a thumbnail on the platform.
  • Attachments: You can upload any documents that provide more details about the idea. Should you progress to the stage of the Head Jury evaluations, you will be asked to send your original research, in case you haven’t already done so.
  • Video: By submitting a short video pitch (non-compulsory for the Worldwide Academic Competition) of your research, you have the opportunity to be shortlisted for the Thinkers50 RADAR award.
    Supported File Types: MP4, QuickTime (.mov files) and 3GP.
    File size limit: 76.29MB


Future Ideas is a proud partner of Thinkers50 and together they aim to identify the best management thinkers and and spot the disruptors of tomorrow. By submitting a short video pitch* of your graduation paper, you have the opportunity to be shortlisted for the Thinkers50 RADAR award!

*The video is a non-compulsory component of your participation in the Worldwide Academic Competition.

For more information, visit Future Ideas Academic Competition