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Brainchild is an annual enterprise competition is open to all students.

The competition is open to students and recent graduates of the University and provides entrants with a series of workshops on specific topics relating to business start-ups. A panel of local business leaders then judge their business pitches to decide the winner.

The competition is run by ideasfactory@NUA, the University’s commercial creative consultancy which provides commercial outlets for students’ innovative thinking and talent. The prize is one-to-one mentoring from the competition’s sponsors and a year’s free membership to Norfolk Network. Past winning concepts have included a video game which aims to advance the medium as art, a fabric screen printed with iconic buildings of Norwich, cushion and upholstery designs derived from the 200-year-old patterns of the Strangers of Norwich; and a range of bespoke wall art incorporating light.

Brainchild winners

  • 2014
    1st: Albert Clegg
    2nd: Vanessa Norris
    3rd: Amber Stefani
  • 2013
    1st: Split Path Studio (David Allan, Jonathan Pace, Kai Creedon, Ross Parke, Dexter Camilleri and Dominic Littler)
    2nd: Clare Vickers
    3rd: Danielle Neal
  • 2012
    1st: Katie Whitton
  • 2011
    1st: Sue Foster
    2nd: Emma Daniels
    3rd: April Keats
  • 2010
    1st: Laura Garrow
  • 2009
    1st: Angela Szczypka

The Brainchild workshops have been invaluable – it would have taken me so long to work it out by myself and my business has come so far.

Albert Clegg
Brainchild 2014 winner

Brainchild winning t-shirts by Albert Clegg

Brainchild 2014

Albert Clegg (BA Illustration) was announced as the winner of the Brainchild 2014 student enterprise competition. Read the Brainchild 2014 press release.

Split Path Studio collect their winner’s certificate (L-R): David Allan, Jonathan Pace, Kai Creedon, Chair of the judging panel Simon De-Lacy Adams, Vice-Chancellor of NUA Professor John Last, Ross Parke, Dexter Camilleri, Dominic Littler.

Brainchild 2013

A new independent games studio is starting up in Norwich after a group of students won Brainchild 2013. Split Path Studio has been formed by a core team of six students from NUA’s BA Games Art and Design course – with additional freelance assistance from BA Animation students – with the aim of advancing video games as an artistic medium as well as a form of entertainment. Read the Brainchild 2013 press release.

Brainchild winning t-shirts by Albert Clegg

Brainchild 2012

Year Two BA Textiles student Katie Whitton’s personalised fabrics that allow personal mementoes to be drawn then screen printed to make a unique fabric has won Brainchild 2012. Read the Brainchild 2012 press release.

Brainchild 2011 winner Sue Foster (left) displays her fabric designs with last year’s winner Laura Garrow

Brainchild 2011

A range of cushions and upholstery using fabric designs derived from the 200-year-old patterns of the Strangers of Norwich are being prepared for high street retail after their creator Sue Foster won Brainchild 2011. Read the Brainchild 2011 press release.