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Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) competition

Copyright: Adam Jacobs

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 25 August 2017, 16:00


Biotechnology YES, now in its 22nd year, is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of ideas among early career researchers. The competition is funded by sponsorship and aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the UK postgraduate and postdoctoral base for the benefit of the UK bioeconomy. The competition is organised jointly by:

  • The University of Nottingham - The Haydn Green Institute
  • Innovation and Skills Group, BBSRC.

About the competition

Participants enter as teams and develop a business plan for a company based on a hypothetical but plausible idea based on real markets over the course of a three day residential workshop. The workshop encompasses presentations and mentoring sessions from leading figures in industry and culminates in the presentation of the business plans to a panel of 'equity investors' drawn from industry and academia. Up to three teams from each workshop are selected to progress to the final in London.

In addition to the general Biotechnology YES workshops there are several themed workshops which are run in conjunction with industry: the Plants, Microbial and Environmental Workshop, hosted by Syngenta; the Biomedical Workshop, hosted by GSK and the Stevenage Biosciences Catalyst; and the Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing workshop, hosted by Unilever.

Benefits of taking part

  • Prize fund of £5,000, including first prize of £2,500, trip to USA, invite to BIA Gala dinner
  • Enhance your CV
  • Develop and improve transferable skills such as communication, time-management, negotiation and team-building
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Increase your commercial awareness and technology transfer knowledge.

How to apply

Apply via the Biotechnology YES website (see external links).

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