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Call for Service Providers to Support Early- Stage Biotech SMEs IBLF Awards - A New And Unique Business Competition.

Call for Service Providers to Support Early- Stage Biotech SMEs IBLF Awards - A New And Unique Business Competition.

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The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum (IBLF) is an industry led and Government sponsored initiative to drive a bio--‐economy in the UK. The IBLF delivery team, led by the Knowledge Transfer Network, has developed a brand new and unique business competition aimed at early stage SMEs focusing on a biobased technology or process and who would like raise their profile and access resources to springboard their business.

The aim of the IBLF is to create a positive and supportive environment for emerging biotechnology businesses and has developed the IBLF Awards to help SME’s and start-ups access resources considered key to spring-boarding their business but may be difficult to self-fund.

The IBLF Awards are currently open for applications with 9 prizes available thanks to the support of the Scottish Government and NERC. The winning SMEs will receive a £10k voucher to redeem against a sponsored service

Incubator facilities (Office and/or lab space)

Legal advice

IP Protection/Exploitation

Market research

Business mentoring




Web/App design

Business/economic modelling

We now seek companies who can offer any of the above services. 

We have had strong support from a range of companies who are keen to take up this opportunity to raise their profile and penetrate new markets. The sponsorship package offers extensive promotion.

The award value will be £10k, of which £5k will be paid to the sponsoring service provider and the remaining matched by the sponsoring service provider through in-kind services, cash or other service/product.

The competition is a two‐stage process with finalists invited to pitch at the Industrial Biotechnology Showcase (11--‐12 February2015) in London in a ‘Dragons Den’ style session –The IB Den.

The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP and co-chair of the IBLF will present the awards. The winning SMEs will then choose their preferred sponsoring service provider and contacts them to begin the work programme.

For further information on the IBLFA wards, please visit www.ib-showcase.co.uk or contact michelle.carter@ktn-uk.org for the full proposal.

For further information on the IB Showcase 2015, Please visit www.ib-showcase.co.uk.


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