The Bio-based Innovation Student Challenge Europe (BISC-E), organized by the End-of-Waste/RE-SOURCE.BIO and GREEN-CHEM networks from AUGent, encourages students to explore innovation and business development in the emerging bioeconomy while developing a new biobased product or process. The challenge is open for all Bachelor and Master students (+ PhDs as coaches).

Register here for the 'From Trash to Treasure' Kick-off Event

And meet some of our past participants:

Team Valorised Carbon

Team Valorised Carbon

Team Loaf Foam

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What is the BISC-E Competition?

All student (Ba/Ma) teams develop a bio-based innovation (product or process) and present their ideas via a 15' live presentation to a jury of experts from industry and science during the Belgian final. The presentation has to be accompanied by a participation file with a few supporting documents explaining sustainability, technical feasibility and economic viability of your innovation.  

The jury will first assess all applications via an online preselection based on a recorded presentation and the supporting documents. The 3 best teams will be selected for the Belgian finals to actually present for the live jury, followed by some Q & A. The winning team will receive personal coaching and will compete in the EU finals in Autumn.

All rules can be found in this regulation document.

"The BISC-E Competition was a stepping stone towards our start-up! You really learn how to tackle multiple aspects of a business case." - Team Loaf Foam (2021)

Would you like to compete in the Belgian BISC-E Student Challenge 2023?

To register for the 2023 BISC-E, just send an email to with your potential team name, team participants and basic concept before 3 March 2023 and join us at the registration event in Ghent that evening!

To compete, participants need to fill out this participation form with your recorded presentation and submit it to before 17 March 2023.

3 March 2022 - 'From Trash to Treasure' Kick-off Event

A fun registration event to pitch ideas create teams and                                          meet like-minded student-entrepreneurs. You don't need to have a detailed business case or even a team to attend, we will help you get on your way to compete in the BISC-E 2023 Student Challenge! Register here.

17 March 2023 -  Submission Deadline

The final date on which you can submit your business case

28 March 2023 - Finals at Vlaanderen Circulair event: 'bioeconomie: van ambitie naar actie'

Present your business case to some of the biggest players in the Belgian academic and industrial sector

Autumn 2023 - EU Finals

The winner of the Belgian competition will compete with the other national teams in Autumn 2023.

"It's fun to do, a valuable experience and you can really have an impact. Just go for it!" - Team Valorised Carbon (2022)

What's in it for the students?

The competition offers valuable experience to kick-start your career or business idea, the option to network with some of the biggest players in the industrial and academic sector and multiple prizes:


Some of our past participants

Team Valorised Carbon

In 2022, The Belgian edition was won by team Valorised Carbon and consisted of bio-engineers, veterinary and economic students. They showcased how to process plum seeds into activated carbon as a more sustainable alternative to coal. With some coaching from End-of-Waste, they competed in the European finals and won the second place!

Team Valorised Carbon

Team Loaf Foam

A group of chemistry and biochemistry students from HOGent found a way to process bread waste into biodegradable packaging. Within their 'Loaf Foam'-project they made packing peanuts (filling chips that are used for packaging) from old bread scraps and set up a business case to collect this bread through a local collection point to avoid transport costs and emissions.

Team Loaf Foam