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SynbiCITE Proof-of-Concept Call for Teams Interested in Commercialising SynBio Projects
SynbiCITE are running their next round of funding to help support small teams of researchers commercialise their synthetic biology projects. Teams will be invited to a two day retreat at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, where they can discuss business ideas, and pitch their projects.
Venture Creation Weekend on Innovation in Food Security (Register by 19th March)
This weekend will be an opportunity create, test and validate your Innovation in Food Security venture idea or application with industry experts. You can get inspiration from your peers and mentors, learn the basics of building a business and how to collaborate with others in a team environment.
[Apply by 29 April 2019] Development i-Teams apply Cambridge ideas to the developing world
Development i-Teams investigates ways in which real Cambridge innovations could be used in the developing world to improve people’s lives in a sustainable way. By joining a Development i-Team, you will work for 5 weeks with students from across the University and a dedicated industry mentor. You will investigate the realities of taking of a real Cambridge invention into the developing world, gaining hands-on skills and experience. Past Development i-Teams projects include WaterScope, Open Diagnostics and Solaware.
Innovate UK launches £400k competition to woo more female innovators [Apply by 3 Oct 2018]
Innovate UK has launched a £400k funding competition to help identify and encourage more female entrepreneurs and has urged Cambridge and East of England women to get involved. The vision is to get more women involved in shaping the future face of innovation to the broader benefit of the economy.
[Apply by 29 June 2018] Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards
Entries are now open for the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards, supporting and celebrating inspirational young people from all over the world who have initiatives, products or services that tackle the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges.
Venture Creation Weekend: BIOTECH AND HEALTHCARE May 21, 2018 03:05 PM Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street,
Do you have an idea for a biotech or healthcare venture that you’d like to develop? Would you like to work on that idea with a group of like-minded peers? Are you interested in joining a startup team? The next Venture Creation Weekend (VCW) offers an exciting opportunity to translate your idea, application or innovation into a real venture with the support of mentors from AstraZeneca and industry experts from the Cambridge ecosystem.
Invitation to the Science Media Centre Introduction to the News Media - Bristol 12th June 2018 Jun 12, 2018 from 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM Priory Road Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol,
Are you a scientist or engineer with little or no media experience? Are you working in a field which can provoke media controversy? Are you interested in how the media works – and how to help journalists report your subject better? Come to our next Introduction to the News Media event. It’s a hugely informative, entertaining and popular afternoon. And it’s FREE.
[Closes 26 Feb 2018] The Borysiewicz Biomedical Sciences Fellowship Programme
The Borysiewicz Fellowships will take outstanding Cambridge postdocs and develop them into motivated, strategic future leaders ready to pursue a range of global questions and problems. The programme will provide a unique mixture of purposeful and outcome-driven engagement opportunities for postdocs both within and outside their area of expertise, which will develop their skills as leaders and lead to a chance to pursue truly independent work on novel ideas.
RebelBio opens call for London life-sciences accelerator - deadline 1 Dec 2017
RebelBio, the world’s first early-stage life-sciences accelerator, is seeking applications from ambitious scientists and entrepreneurs for its 2018 programmes. Science graduates, PhDs, postdocs and academics who feel a strong urge to commercialise their research or who need to advance their existing companies are particularly welcome.
Deep Science Ventures Opportunities Fair Nov 29, 2017 from 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM The Postdoc Centre @ Eddington , Cambridge,
DSV will select 100 curious, forward thinking and ambitious scientists and engineers to join our garage-style event where you can find your way into the world of science-entrepreneurship in three themes: Accelerating biotech, harnessing the immune system and enhancing humans.
Apply for BrisSynBio 4-Day MBA (9 - 13 April 2018) with £10k in prizes
The BrisSynBio 4-day More Business Acumen (MBA) course is an interactive programme designed to provide the skills required to establish, build and manage a biotech company. The course is delivered in partnership with SynbiCITE and draws upon the experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs, patent attorneys and investors. During the course, participants will develop real biotech business ideas and pitch them to venture capitalists.
DSV Gamma Funding Applications Are Now Open
The Deep Science Venture are inviting applicants for funding from Jan 2018. Final year STEM students (Masters, PhD), early to mid career researchers that may already be looking for funding, co-founders or researchers with ideas for launching new companies are welcome to apply for funding
UK SynBio Start-Up Survey published - University of Cambridge has second highest number of SynBio spin-offs in UK
SynbiCITE have published the first survey of the UK synthetic biology start-up ecosystem, highlighting the changing sources of innovation and entrepreneurship at work in the sector from a macro-level perspective.
Cambridge SynBio Startup Colorifix Wins Rainbow Seed Fund “Breaking New Ground” Award at Bio-start Competition
Cambridge-based start-up Colorifix entered the Bio-start competition for companies using engineering biology to solve significant global problems and won the “Breaking New Ground” Award for its technology manufacturing vibrant and long lasting fabric dyes entirely using biological processes to help the textile industry dramatically and cost-effectively reduce its environmental impact.
The Frontier venture-focused challenge prize launched with opportunities for synthetic biology
The world's first venture-focused challenge prize The Frontier has been launched by Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit supporting science driven innovation and Deep Science Ventures. Six challenges are proposed and several have scope for synthetic biology-based solutions.
Biocoder actively seeking submissions for O'Reilly Bio webpage
O'Reilly Bio and BioCoder are actively seeking original content submissions for their O'Reilly Bio Ideas webpage.
[Closes 1 June 2017] Make a Difference Challenge
Make A Difference is an idea challenge hosted by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and the Institute of Production Engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg. It aims towards making a social and ecological impact based on the open source principles.
[24 May 2017] Business plan writing & pitching workshop
Are you a postdoc looking to start a company? Perhaps you’ve got an idea, but you need help getting it down on paper or presenting to investors.
[Closes April 28 2017]Call for Papers - 9th International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) from Aug 08, 2017 09:40 PM to Aug 10, 2017 05:40 PM Pittsburgh, PA,,
The Bio-Design Automation Consortium (BDAC) has announced the Ninth International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation (IWBDA) at the University of Pittsburgh, set to bring together researchers from the synthetic biology, systems biology, and design automation communities to discuss concepts, methodologies and software tools for the computational analysis and synthesis of biological systems.
[23rd - 25th Jun 2017] Biotech & Healthcare Venture Creation Weekend
Kickstart your entrepreneurial career and start developing your venture at the next Venture Creation Weekend from 23 to 25 June 2017 at Cambridge Judge Business School. It's a chance to test your biotech or healthcare business idea, build a team and pitch to investors in 50 hours!
[Closes 31st May] Border Labs Award 2017
Border Labs have opened a 2017 award competition for inspiring explorers who go beyond the expected.
[Closes 2 May 2017] Interested in alleviating global poverty using Cambridge synbio ideas? - APPLY for Development i-Teams
Dr James Ajioka and Dr Orr Yarkoni are offering a Development i-Teams project for Easter Term 2017, exploring the potential of their new way of dyeing fabric using engineered microorganisms in India.
Call for abstracts: Low Cost Instrumentation symposium at IMRC 2017 (Cancún, México, August 20-25, 2017)
The International Materials Research Congress 2017 (IMRC) will provide and excellent opportunity to showcase open-source/low-cost hardwares.
(Closes March 31st 2017) Deep Science Ventures 6-month venture building program
Deep Science Ventures offers a paid and fully funded 6-month venture building program to change the world.
Invitation to join the Global Challenges Forum
A university-wide research network for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Deep Science Ventures - 6-month funded venture building program.
Where Scientists and Engineers come together to build ventures that matter.
[Closes 15 Apr 2017] 2017 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Course in Synthetic Biology
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Course in Synthetic Biology.
[22nd – 24th March 2017] Agro-Innovation 3-day workshop and networking event
Are you interested in ‘Entrepreneurial’ way of thinking? Do you think you could make a difference with your ideas? (but don’t know how) Thinking of starting your own business?
(Closes April 15 2017) Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Course in Synthetic Biology 2017
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Course in Synthetic Biology.
African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017 to be held in Cambridge
Seventy candidates will be selected to participate in the African Diaspora Biotech Summit 2017. The Summit will trigger discussion on how Africa's present and future leaders and all stakeholders can work collaboratively to strengthen research capacity building, innovation and commercialization in Africa.

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