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Bright SCIdea Challenge

Bright SCIdea 2018

12 Oct 2017

SCI is launching a national student training course and competition, which aims to enhance the business acumen of young scientists whilst providing an opportunity to develop skills in entrepreneurship and business planning.

To help young scientists develop their business skills, SCI will provide exclusive access to training to all competition entrants. A series of short videos will cover the basic aspects of starting your own business, including sessions on how to effectively pitch products to investors. Teams will then be asked to submit a well-researched business plan, which details how they would take their scientific innovation from lab to market.

Finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel industry experts, allowing them to raise their profile within the commercial scientific community. The winning team will be selected on the basis of a well-considered proposal focusing on the commercialisation of their innovation and understanding of the d the societal benefits.

A cash prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the winning team, sponsored by Synthomer. All shortlisted team members will also receive additional benefits, including one year of complimentary SCI membership and further networking opportunities.

Teams should be made up of three to five students (undergraduate or postgraduate) and are encouraged to be multi-disciplinary. Final business plans must be submitted by 12 noon, 11 January 2018. Visit bit.ly/SCIdea2018 or contact us at communications@soci.org to find out how to get involved and receive notifications when training videos are released.

Shortlisted teams will be invited to the final, which will take place in London on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 February 2018.

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