If so, you might want to enter the RCUK Business Plan Competition and be in with a chance of bagging £25,000 start up funding.
The competition is open to researchers from across the whole breadth of activity supported by the Research Councils who 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0161 606 7213
Applications from the faculties of Engineering & Physical Sciences and Humanities should be sent to:
Pushkar Wadke, UMIP Commercialisation Executive
Email: email@example.com Tel: 0161 306 8832
Daniel Syder, UMIP Commercialisation Executive
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.