RCUK Business Plan Competition

Enter our competition and gain the skills and knowledge to be able to prepare a high quality business plan to take your research to the market place, plus the opportunity to win up to £25,000 of start-up funding!

The competition is open to researchers from across the whole breadth of activity supported by the Research Councils where we encourage a wide range of business models including: service, lifestyle, or social enterprises, joint ventures, and licensing to established companies.

Taking part is easy – just prepare a one page summary of your business idea, without giving away any potential business secrets and complete the application form. Your application form MUST be submitted by your Technology Transfer Office. Therefore, in the case of The University of Manchester, please submit your application form to The University of Manchester Intellectual Property Limited (UMIP) who will submit it to the Research Council UK on your behalf.

Applications from the faculties of Medical and Human Sciences and from Life Sciences should be sent to:

Edward Maughfling, UMIP Commercialisation Executive

Email: edward.maughfling@umip.com Tel: 0161 606 7213

Applications from the faculties of Engineering & Physical Sciences and Humanities should be sent to:

Pushkar Wadke, UMIP Commercialisation Executive

Email: pushkar.wadke@umip.com  Tel: 0161 306 8832

Daniel Syder, UMIP Commercialisation Executive

E-mail: daniel.syder@umip.com Tel: 0161 306

Please click here for an application form www.rcuk.ac.uk/cmsweb/downloads/rcuk/innovation/bpc/proposal.doc

Further details about the competition can be found here


Please submit your applications to UMIP by the 25th November 2009. The closing date for us to send your application to the Research Council is 4 December 2009.

The seven Research Councils are the main public funders of basic research in the UK, with a combined annual budget of£2.8 billion. They are working together through the Research Councils UK partnership to maximise the economic, social and cultural impact of their investments.


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