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Early stage biotech SME? Apply now to enter a business competition & access resources you need to grow your business

The brand new IBLF awards are issuing a challenge to all early stage or even pre-revenue UK-based SMEs and spin outs to pitch their best ideas to an influential panel of industry experts.

The Knowledge Transfer Network is running this new business competition with the aim of supporting early stage businesses working on technologies or processes utilising renewable and sustainable methods.

Apply now to win a £10k voucher plus a complimentary £300 ticket to the Industrial Biotechnology Showcase where you could pitch your idea in our Dragons’ Den style “IB Den” on12th February 2015 in London.

About the competition

The prize is a £10K voucher to enable you to gain access to a business support mechanism to help springboard your business. The sort of businesses sponsoring the IBLF Awards and whose services you can request fall into these categories:

  • PR
  • Web Design
  • App Design
  • Business Mentoring/Coaching
  • Market Research
  • Incubator Facilities
  • Legal Advice
  • IP Protection/Exploitation
  • Process Facilities

Choose the service you need, then apply to the competition. If you are unsure which service to pick, that’s OK, you can choose later.
Keep track of our award sponsors here as the list will grow as we get nearer to February. Follow developments via @IBLF_UK  #IB15 and on the IBSIG where you can also find out more about the IBLF.

How to apply

The competition is a two-stage process:

  1. Two minute video pitch
    Deadline for applications is 28th November 2014. Tell us what you do, what the business aims to do in the future and why you need the £10k voucher. If you know what intervention you need (e.g. I need this voucher to create a stunning and informative website to enable me to attract customers), then tell us but if you would like to seek advice before committing, then that’s OK. Submit your video here
  2. Five minute oral pitch
    We will let you know if your video pitch has been successful in January 2015 and will invite you to the second stage: Oral pitch in The IB Den on 12th February 2015 at QEII Conference Centre London as part of the IBLF’s Industrial Biotechnology Showcase (11-12th February 2015). You will pitch to our panel of assessors, watched by the conference delegation.

The IBLF Award Ceremony & the IB Showcase

The IB Showcase is a major event aimed at bringing together industry, academia and government agencies working towards a bio-based economy. The first Showcase event attracted almost 300 delegates.

The IBLF Awards will be presented from 3.30pm on 12th February 2015 at the end of the conference by, a soon to be confirmed, Government Minister.

This business competition is a great opportunity to showcase you and your business.  Even if your bid is unsuccessful, you will gain some strategic advice from industry experts and get significant exposure at the event as well as through media streams after the event.

Criteria for applying:

  • UK registered business
  • Less than 12 months since registration, or
  • Pre-revenue
  • Be an industrial biotechnology business using biomass to produce chemicals, enzymes, biomaterials etc (read EuropaBio definition here)
  • Be available to attend the IB Den on 12th February 2014 in London, if invited

If you have any questions, please contact Simon Baty or Michelle Carter

The IBLF Awards are funded by Scottish Government and NERC

If you are a business working in the above areas and want to sponsor this award, please contact Michelle or Simon.

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