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The Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award, in association with Sir Andre Geim, is a £50,000 annual award to help establish new enterprises in graphene at The University of Manchester. The award aims to encourage the development of new graphene enterprises identified through the submission of a business plan by current students or recent graduates of the University.
Cash prize of £50,000 for the winner!
Please note that there isn't a £50k prize that goes to the winner. It is a traunched award that will be used to develop the idea further along the pathway to full commercialisation. We realise that some potential entrants have been put off entering as they perceive the level of expertise for such a prize and the rapidly approaching deadline, would be too demanding.
What we look for :
The prize of £50,000 will be awarded to the individual or team, whose proposal is deemed by the judges to demonstrate outstanding potential in establishing a new enterprise related to graphene. Key to this will be a credible business case based on sound science. Judges will also be looking to evidence that the individual or in the case of a team, the nominated lead entrant wishes to embark on an entrepreneurial career in innovation and commercialisation.
Applications will be judged on the strength of their business case as captured in the form of a PowerPoint file, to develop a new graphene-related business. The award then acts as seed funding which will allow the candidate to take the first steps towards realising this plan. It recognises the role that high-level, flexible early-stage financial support can play in the successful development of a business targeting the full commercialisation of a product or technology related to research in graphene.
What we would like to focus on initially is the business opportunity and associated real-world problem, linking these with research outputs that involve graphene and related materials that are more technologically advanced. Recent examples of opportunities of this type or the LED-based lightbulb, development of drones, strengthening products such as tennis racquets and protective clothing.
Eli Harari will be visiting the University on May 19 and is keen to meet entrants into the competition. We will be hoping to offer at least some of those submitting expressions of interest on May 18, the opportunity to meet with him. A quick look at Eli's biography will tell you that this would be a fantastic opportunity that doesn't come around too often.
Venture Out, the University of Manchester's student ideas competition, is run and organised by the Manchester Enterprise Centre.
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What we look for :
The competition is open to students and researchers from all subject areas across the University, and also recent alumni.
Your entry needs to be a viable business proposal that ha... University of Manchester
The Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award, in association with Sir Andre Geim, is a £50,000 annual award to help establish new enterprises in graphene at The University of Manchester. The awa... University of Manchester