The Big Idea Challenge video pitch competition encourages young people from programme countries to develop an innovative ‘startup’ and tell the world about it. 

The three competition categories give all types of ideas an equal chance – whether it's about a great business venture, an amazing creative project or simply trying to make the world a better place. The categories are:

  1. Digital technology
  2. Social impact 
  3. Creative 

We've had hundreds of ideas come in and it was really difficult for our judges to narrow this list down to 63 finalists – including nine teams from Kazakhstan. 

Then, it was up to you – after two weeks of voting, we now have four winning teams in Kazakhstan – one winning team for each category plus a popular vote winner and an overall country winner. Find out more about each of the country winners below.

Dalatunes | Social impact category winner and Country winner

Attraction and involvement of a broad audience into masterpieces of folk, classical and modern music.

Participants: Rashida Tylivaldiyeva, Seilkhan Galiyev, Kamilya Saitova

Institutions: Kazakh-British Technical University

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Sustainable fabric | Creative category winner

Developing a prototype of sustainable fabric.

Participant: Aigerim Akenova 

Institution: Impact Hub Pilot Almaty

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Bagdar.kz | Digital technology category winner

The platform for thoughtful career planning through key skills testing.

Participants: Aslanbek Zhakupov, Gulden Zhukibayeva, Irina Korchakova

Institution: L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University

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Social cafe | Popular vote winner

Helping adults with mental disabilities through training and employment in restaurants.

Participants: Maulen Akhmetov, Dinara Bozzhigitova, Anuar Bazargeldi

Institution: PI Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System

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