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November

Event GROW: UK agri-tech business plan competition
Date The competition will run from November 2014 to 15 April 2015. Applications MUST be submitted by 1 March 2015
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About the event

GROW is the UK's first Agri-Tech Business Plan Competition, and is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurial thinking into the industry. Entrepreneurs and innovators from across the UK are encouraged to submit a 12-page business plan describing an innovative new technology, product or service that will help improve the efficiency, productivity or sustainability of agriculture and horticulture. The objective of GROW is to encourage innovative, investable commercial concepts that will have the potential to become new businesses. All those that register an expression of interest will benefit from the support of an experienced mentor to help them to develop the business plan. The business plan should identify the market opportunity, the business concept, the management team, their strengths and track record, financial predictions and the funding requirements. With business support, rent-free accommodation and access to expert help to make your plan a commercial reality, the competition is designed to encourage and support the leaders of the agri-tech businesses of the future.

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Applicants must register an expression of interest by 1 March 2015 and will be assigned an expert mentor to talk through the competition and help them develop their idea and the plan. Applicants that have not pre-registered are not eligible to submit a plan to the competition. Once the competition has closed, a panel of experts will shortlist a number of plans to go through the final on 8 June 2015. The final will be held at Throw's Farm, by kind permission of Agrii, and will comprise a 10-minute presentation about each plan, followed by questions from the judging panel. The winners will be announced the same day. Find out more »

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December

Event OneStart: Your chance to win £100k (€125k) to realise your biotech business idea
Application deadline Dec 1
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About the event

Do you have an idea to solve a critical problem healthcare? Or do you have the scientific or business know-how to help someone else develop their idea? The Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) and SR One, the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline, have teamed up again for the OneStart competition - the largest biotech startup accelerator programme in the world - to offer young innovators from all disciplines the chance to win £100k (€125k) with free lab space near London and ongoing legal and business advice from our sponsors to transform their ideas into a successful business.

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Who should participate?

  • Science/medical students and researchers interested in spinning out their research or commercialising their ideas
  • Business students and young professionals keen to get involved in the biotech and healthcare industries
  • Software developers and engineers interested in contributing their technical skills to realising a product
  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship

You do not need to have a team yet, or even have your own idea, as you can register now at our Co-founder Hub (and Discussion Forum) to find teammates to complement your strengths, show your interest to join other teams.

Ideas at all stages of development are welcome. All semi-finalists will be directly mentored by experienced industry professionals for at least six weeks, and invited to attend a biotech business bootcamp in London in February 2015 with workshops from our global partners, including SR One, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Takeda Ventures, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche, McKinsey, and others.

Event Shell Springboard Competition
Application deadline Dec 5, 17:00
About the event

Shell Springboard is now open for applications from the UK's most innovative low-carbon entrepreneurs. Shell is calling on SMEs with big ideas on reducing carbon emissions to enter Shell Springboard for the chance to win a no strings attached cash award.

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In 2015, the programme is celebrating 10 years of low-carbon innovation, and for the first time, the Shell Springboard national winner will receive a total award of £150,000 to scale up their business idea. Five further regional winners will each receive £40,000.

Businesses that make it through to the regional and national finals will also benefit from networking opportunities and feedback from an expert panel of judges.

Over the last decade, the programme has awarded approximately £3 million to 80 of the UK's most innovative low-carbon businesses, and another £350,000 is available in 2015.

We're proud of what our alumni have achieved to create both a lower carbon energy future and economic growth. London start-up bio-bean was recently awarded a further €500,000 of funding for its coffee-waste to biofuel conversion process, while Oxford University spin-out and transatlantic success story Cella Energy is continuing to attract investment and broker eye-catching partnerships with its hydrogen power technology. Find out more »

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January

Event CUE Business Creation Competition - 1500 words for £1K
Deadline Jan 19
About the event

Ever had an idea that you thought could turn into a cool business, but wondered how? Looking at other successful start-ups, have you ever wondered "How do they do it?" The fact is that most successful entrepreneurs have, at some point or other, had a helping hand. With CUE's annual Ideas Take Flight competition, we can help turn your idea into commercial reality. The competition is open to entrants in three areas: Science and Technology, Social Enterprise and Software (view full rules and conditions). Although each area is run in three phases, you can enter any one or more at any stage before the respective closing date.

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"Write a 1500 word executive summary to show your idea has wings"
Write a 1500 word executive summary of your idea for a chance to win one of ten 1k prizes before the final stage of the competition. At this stage the requirements are the same for all areas. If you do not win this or the previous phase, you still can enter the final phase of the competition. Find out more »

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