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Monday, 15 February 2016

RSC Emerging Technolgies Competition 2016

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) annual innovation initiative that aims to turn promising ideas from the chemical sciences into commercial reality. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 competition brings cutting edge science to the real world for the benefit of society. The competition is currently open and applications can be made through the on-line application system. The entry deadline for applications is 14 March 2016.

The RSC Emerging Technologies Competition in 2016 aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative technologies in the following areas:
  • Health & well-being
  • Energy & environment
  • Food & water
  • Materials
The competition is free to enter and open to small companies, universities, and research institutions. Entered ideas can be at any stage of development and from anywhere in Europe.

Short-listed entrants will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of expert judges at the competition final, which takes place at the RSC’s Chemistry Means Business 2016. This high-profile two-day event brings together professionals from across the chemistry-using community and will take place on 15 and 16 June.

The Competition prizes are designed to help take the ideas to the next level. There are three for each category, and benefits for short-listed entrants, too.

All 40 short-listed entrants will receive business training and a free exhibition stand at Chemistry Means Business 2016. This is a chance to showcase your technology to more than 300 delegates – including potential investors – and get insights from opinion leaders in industry.

The first-, second- and third-place winners in each competition category will receive tailored business support from one of the competition’s partner companies including access to networks, strategy review, potential commercial partnerships, idea evaluation with consumers and more. The winners also receive exposure for the winning technologies including support with media coverage, including a feature in the RSC’s Chemistry World magazine. And there are also cash prizes of up to £20,000 (First prize £20,000, second prize £3,000 and third prize £2,000).

The video below includes highlights of the 2015 Emerging Technologies competition including interviews with some of the winners and partner organisations.

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