A team of postgraduate researchers from any discipline who are interested in the commercialisation of research is being sought to enter the EngineeringYES (Young Entrepreneur Scheme) competition in 2016.
EngineeringYES is designed to provide a residential training experience in a competitive environment for those interested in commercialising research (www.engineeringyes.org). You do not need to have an idea yet, no previous commercialisation experience is required and you do not necessarily need to be part of a team (we can make a team from interested individuals).
The University of Manchester has had considerable success in the past with teams that have entered, including winning the national competition and with many groups winning regional heats and prizes for, amongst other things, best intellectual property strategy. Last years’ Manchester team got through their regional heat and competed in the national final at Aston Science Park with their novel method of mapping agricultural land for problems such as drought, pests, diseases and nutrient shortages.
This academic year the regional heats are 24-27 April (Bristol), 08-11 May (Birmingham) or 22-25 May (Leeds). Teams will be able to choose which heat they prefer to enter and the National Final will be on the 15th June in Birmingham for a £2000 prize should the team qualify.
Places will be paid for by Manchester Enterprise Centre (including travel) and mentoring is provided by Dr Martin Henery and Dr Robert A. Phillips at Manchester Enterprise Centre (www.manchester.ac.uk/mec).
For more details or if you are interested in applying please contact Dr Robert A. Phillips (Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org)