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New Enterprise Competition 2009

23 October 2008

Do you think your business idea could be a winner? Can you put together a plan to make it happen? Do you want to get advice and feedback from people who have a track record of success? Would you like to compete for a share of a £35,000 prize fund?

If you have a great business idea, you could win a share of a prize fund in excess of £35,000 in the 2009 New Enterprise Competition run by Research & Enterprise Development (RED). This annual competition is open to all University staff and students as well as graduates from the last five years.

Additionally, following the success of last year’s competition, the 2009 New Enterprise Competition will feature the Timms-Smith Award for the best Chemistry entry. The Timms-Smith Award, which is supported by Edwards, aims to recognize the achievements of Dr Peter Timms and Bob Smith whose scientific collaborations over many years led to the commercialization of a gas abatement system for purifying waste gas streams. This technology makes a highly significant environmental impact and is now both the world leader in the global semi-conductor market and a multimillion-dollar business within the BOC Group (

The Award will include a prize of £1,000 which will be made to what is judged the best entry submitted from the School of Chemistry. To qualify for the Timms-Smith award, proposals must be science/technology based and be an innovative and exciting application. The proposal should also demonstrate a potential to improve our environment and/or quality of life. All members of the School of Chemistry – all staff, postgraduates and undergraduates – are eligible to enter, and entries may include co-applicants from outside of the School. In addition to the prize money of £1,000, BOC Edwards will offer the winner additional support and advice to develop their business plan towards the final phase of the New Enterprise Competition.

The Timms-Smith Award will be judged by a panel drawn from Edwards and the School of Chemistry.

Prizes are also available for a) the best social enterprise and b) the best medical or healthcare venture.

To enter the New Enterprise Competition, you must submit an entry form outlining your business idea by 24 February 2009. The best entries, as judged by a panel of experts, will then be invited to submit full business plans. Winners, to be announced at the prestigious Enterprise Dinner in the summer of 2009, will be awarded cash prizes and support to help bring their ideas to the marketplace.

Further information

The 2009 New Enterprise Competition is sponsored by Bristol City Council, Business Link, Deloitte, Edwards, Ginko Investments Ltd, IP Group, Osborne Clarke, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and the Wyvern Seed Fund.
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