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Entrepreneurial Events

Oct | Dec


Event BT Infinity Lab - Delighting Tomorrow's Customers
Application deadline Oct 29
Pitch date Nov 20 (tbc)
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About the event

BT Infinity Lab are running their third competition in conjunction with TechHub - 'Serving tomorrow's customers'. BT is on the lookout for outstanding innovation from the world of customer service, and are calling all start-ups with innovations that help businesses meet the evolving needs of tomorrow's customer service. Our society is increasingly connected, with individuals and businesses managing and sharing vast amounts of information with new devices. The way end users want to interact with service providers, merchants and each other is changing. BT needs to help UK businesses understand their customers, develop great services, and simplify customer interaction processes whilst allowing customers to remain in control of their lives.

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If you are working on innovations in the space of customer engagement & support including: customer interaction and customer relationship technologies, tools to increase to efficiency of customer facing agents, diagnostic or analytics tools, or anything that would make it easier for customers to interact with a service provider, we would like to hear from you.

BT Infinity Lab and TechHub are committed to helping start-ups get better, faster. We know that every start up journey is different, which is why the winner of each programme will be given a tailor-made package of advice, introductions and mentoring.

Those chosen as winners will receive:

  • six months' support from BT including access to knowledge and expertise from all divisions including research and development, engineering, legal and marketing
  • membership at TechHub's sold out community space in the heart of East London's 'Tech City', offering business support, workspace and an international community of entrepreneurs exclusively for the tech industry
  • promotion via appropriate BT marketing channels
  • product placement of the entry in the London Infinity Lab and other BT Showcases

This prize is what you make it, and we know you can make it exactly what you need.

Think you have a product that addresses the needs of the customer of tomorrow? Well don't just stand there! Tell us what ya got! Fill out the simple questions, use a product video you already have, or film an application introducing your product and drop it below for your chance to be considered. Find out more »

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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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