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Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme review

July 2010

Evaluation of Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (PDF 1.57MB)

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BBSRC commissioned an external review, conducted by DTZ, of the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) in 2010.

Now in its 15th year, Biotechnology YES is an annual business plan competition designed to raise awareness of commercialisation amongst bioscience postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

YES was developed and is delivered by a partnership between The University of Nottingham Institute of Enterprise and Innovation (UNIEI) and BBSRC.

Evaluation objectives

  • To assess how well Biotechnology YES is achieving its aims
  • To better understand its outputs and outcomes

This involved the following:

  • An assessment of the wider benefits and impact achieved by BBSRC including detailed analysis of the qualitative benefits including skills development and behavioural changes
  • The value for money of YES and the return on investment realised by BBSRC (taking into account quantitative and qualitative benefits and impacts)
  • Recommendations for the future delivery and direction of YES
  • A critical assessment of whether YES remains fit for purpose