The University of Nottingham

Increase your ingenuity

in 2015


The Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotechnology YES) is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience ideas among early career researchers. The competition, funded by sponsorship, aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture for the benefit of the UK economy.

Biotechnology YES is organised jointly by The University of Nottingham’s Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the
Medical Research Council (MRC).

The challenge

To prepare an oral business plan presentation, in a team or four or five, for a hypothetical bioscience start-up company seeking equity investment.

This challenge provides a learning experience with many benefits including:

  • the development of enterprise skills
  • cultivating business acumen
  • thinking creatively to produce innovative solutions to major challenges
  • winning £2,500 and an opportunity to go to the Rice Business Plan Competition in Texas

Yes in action

Watch the 2014 finalists delivering their elevator pitches

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Team at work on developing their business plan

What's involved

Establish where and when Biotechnology YES is taking place

When and where

Register for Biotechnology YES

Process and registration


Brand toolkit

New toolkit designed to support the consistent application of the YES identity, including logos and layout tips.

Describes all identity assets and instructions for application

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Biotechnology YES