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Biotechnology and environment yes

Biotechnology and Environment YES

Young Entrepreneurs Schemes


Biotechnology and environment yes

Which Competition?

Environment YES is for researchers working in natural environmental sciences the science needed to provide solutions to the global environmental challenges that the world is facing today and will face in the future

Climate system, Biodiversity, Sustainable use of natural resources,

Earth system science Natural hazards, Environment, Pollution and human health

Biotechnology YES is for researchers working in Bioscience

The BBSRC remit is wide and covers basic science in Plants, Microbe and Animals including Humans, Technologies that underpin practical solutions to major challenges such as climate change, food security, healthier ageing, and the control of infectious diseases would all fit well


Biotechnology and environment yes


to prepare an oral business plan presentation for a “hypothetical" company.

You can do all the work there – but it’s unlikely you will win

4 Support sessions here (1st Oct – 21st Oct)

Competition starts with regional heats over 3 days (2 nights residential)

Win the regional heat (2 places) and progress to national finals

Biotechnology and environment yes

How much does it cost?To you it is FREE*a deposit is required but this can be covered by the Graduate School NB the deposit will be recovered if you do not attend

*EPSRC funded students have to be funded by their supervisor


  • All research students & research staff

  • Researching Bioscience or Environmental Science

  • Masters students one per team must be here in December 2013

Yes dates

YES Dates

  • Application for 2012 Entries   31stMay

  • Briefing Session @ Nottingham 6 August

  • Plant, Microbial & Environmental @ Syngenta (Jealott's Hill) 2-4 October

  • Southern Workshop @ Oxford *9-11 October

  • Environment YES @? 10-12 October ?

  • North West Workshop @ Manchester 23-25 October

  • Scottish YES @ BioCity Lanarkshire *6-8 November

  • BioMedicalYES @ GSK & Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst 13-15 November

Final London 2 December 2013*

* Biotech & Environment YES

Biotechnology and environment yes

How much will you have to do?

Biotechnology and environment yes

  • Residential Workshop/Competition over three days

    • Day 1

      • talks in morning (by patent attorneys, entrepreneurs, business plan consultants etc.)

      • One-to-one advice with a chosen specialist and time to work on business plan

    • Day 2

      • Again, talks in the morning by various specialists in the field

      • One-to-one advice and time for individual work

      • Final preparations of power point presentation

    • Day 3

      • Presentations by each group to an investment panel

        (split into streams and one winner from each stream goes through to national final)

Biotechnology and environment yes

  • You should turn up with:-

    • The idea

    • Who you intend to sell to

    • Some sense of production costs

    • Awareness of competitors

    • What you intend to sell (product, licence)

    • Some consideration of Intellectual Property issues

Division of labour
Division of Labour

If possible teams should consist of people equally committed to the competition

If not, go into the team with your eyes open about what is expected of each member

A session to get teams together in May

What about the idea

Your idea should be based on realistic science, but currently hypothetical, winning ideas tend to be good with an intrinsic flaw

2012 hair loss prevention product

2011 Using yeast to produce high value fragrance components

2010 Nitrogen fixing bacteria fertilizer pellets

2008 Vegetarian Omega-3 oil from food industry waste

2006 GM Plants that reduce a slug’s appetite

2002 winning team assumed a micro-organism has been identified with novel enzymatic activity.

Newcastle ideas, peanut allergy detector, appetite suppressing chewing gum, a preventative head lice treatment, a meat spoilage detection kit, multiple diseases all in one assay

Your idea must be believable; you should be able to account for the advances in science needed to develop your imaginary technology.

What about the Idea

The application
The Application currently hypothetical, winning ideas tend to be good with an intrinsic flaw

  • Simple really

One person takes the lead Fills in the application and send it off.


Medical Sciences Graduate School will cover deposits for teams with FMS

Research students in, if you don’t attend we will need paid or FINANCE HOLD

For others If you send a cheque it will only be cashed if you don’t turn up.

Biotechnology and environment yes

  • Summary currently hypothetical, winning ideas tend to be good with an intrinsic flaw

    • It’s not easy but doesn’t have to take up too much time and you get a great sense of achievement

    • You learn a lot of valuable skills that you don’t get elsewhere.

    • It’s completely free

    • If you’re not sure you want to stay in academia it helps see what else is out there!