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[Closes 23 Nov 2016] BBSRC Enterprise Fellowships

The Fellowships enable the recipient to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of their research, whilst also receiving formal training in relevant business skills.

Funded by BBSRC and delivered by The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Fellow (either individually or with others) and within which the Fellow would be expected to play a leading (though not necessarily the leading) role. This award is of particular relevance to individuals and ideas who previously received BBSRC Follow-on Funding (although not exclusively).

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Enterprise Fellowships are designed to enable the recipient to focus on the development of their research into a commercial proposition, through business training tailored to the individual project, access to business professionals with a proven track record of commercial success and funding to cover the costs of attending conferences and trade shows.

They provide:

  • A year’s salary to provide time to develop a full business plan and seek investment
  • Access to mentors, business experts and professional advisors
  • Tailored business training to help develop the required skills

All Enterprise Fellows become part of the RSE Entrepreneurs Club, an exclusive group that includes investors, past awardess, business experts, professeional advisors and RSE fellows. All current Enterprise Fellows are asked to deliver two presentations during their Fellowship year, where they are able to provide an outline of progress on their business development plans and to receive feed back from the club members.

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