Skills & careers

Biotechnology YES competition

What is Biotechnology YES?

The Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme) is an innovative competition to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the UK bioscience postgraduate and postdoctoral base for the benefit of the UK economy.

The competition provides training via presentations from leading figures in the biotechnology industry on all aspects of technology transfer and the commercialisation of bioscience ideas. This knowledge is then used by participants to prepare an oral business plan presentation for an ‘imaginary’ biotech start-up company.

Participating teams present their business plan to a panel of business, financial and academic representatives taking the role of ‘Dragon’s Den’ style venture capitalists. Two teams from each workshop are selected to progress through to the final, where winners of the competition receive £2,500.

How to take part

We encourage any MRC supported students or early career researchers with an interest in bioscience commercialisation to make the most of this opportunity. For more details and how to apply, visit the biotechnology YES pages.