La Caixa Bank, based in Barcelona, has provided financial support for 16 places on the Ignite programme. The places are being awarded as part of a package of prizes and incentives valued at €20,000 to the regional winners of a nationwide Spanish entrepreneurial competition, 'EmprendedorXXI'. This prestigious competition has been set up by La Caixa in collaboration with the Spanish Government and seven universities as part of a drive to foster entrepreneurship and promote the creation of new businesses in the country. The winning entrepreneurs are being selected from their related regions on the basis of the innovativeness and growth potential of their enterprise ideas.
The Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Academy of Engineering is Britain's national academy for engineering. The Academy brings together the country's most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering. Through its Enterprise Fellowships, the Academy provides funding and support to outstanding entrepreneurial researchers, from all branches of engineering, to enable them to develop a spin-out business around their technological idea. Enterprise Fellowships provide up to £85,000 seed funding and salary support for 12 months to develop a commercial enterprise based in the UK. In addition to the funding, business training is provided and mentors (drawn mainly from The Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship) are allocated to each Enterprise Fellow to provide additional support and advice for the duration of the Enterprise Fellowship as well as access to business angels and venture capital networks.
Based in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, Informatics Ventures supports and encourages globally ambitious software companies in Scotland.
The programme was established in 2008 with the aim of nurturing a Scottish technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburg, Kyoto and Silicon Valley. Our mission is to increase the economic impact of Scotland's formidable base of research and innovation.
Informatics Ventures supports and develops the global aspirations of Scotland's nascent entrepreneurs through practitioner-led entrepreneurship education and community networking and resources.
Foundation for Polish Science
The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), created in 1991, is an independent, self-financing, non-profit, non-governmental organisation with a mission of supporting scientific research in Poland. It is the largest non-governmental research funding organisation in Poland.
FNP supports only excellent scientists or their research teams based on the competition, aiming first of all at increasing the scientific independence of younger generations of scientists.
Since its inception the Foundation has been awarding individual prizes and scholarships, grants for the modernisation of scientific facilities or the protection of scientific collections, grants for the transfer of scientific achievements to industry and otherwise supporting important undertakings in the service of the scientific community in Poland (e.g. through conferences and publishing programmes).
The Foundation also plays an increasingly active role in supporting international scientific cooperation, taking actions to facilitate the exchange of ideas.
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a 'Not-for-Profit Company' of the Government of India, and has been set up as Department of Biotechnology's interface agency, which serves as a single window for the emerging biotech industries. The primary focus of BIRAC is to foster entrepreneurship, support innovative start ups, SMEs and catalyse affordable product development in the biotechnology realm of India. BIRAC is a new industry-academia interface and it implements its mandate through a wide range of impact initiatives, be it providing access to risk capital through targeted funding, technology transfer, IP management and hand-holding schemes that help bring innovation excellence to the biotech firms and make them globally competitive.