bridges vol. 16, December 2007 / Noteworthy Information
Did you always think frequently about commercialization of your research results - or have you just started doing so? If the latter, the Best of Biotech (BOB) 2007 competition could be your stepping-stone. "Best of Biotech - get your business started!" is an initiative of "Life Science Austria" (LISA), a program of the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws; Austrian Economic Services) and several public and private partners in Austria and abroad. The program Life Science Austria is run by aws on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Economy and Labor, and aims at the commercialization of research results in the area of life sciences. You will find more information under www.awsg.at. The competition has been held three times, resulting in more than 24 newly established start-up companies.
BOB consists of two phases:
Phase 1: (December 3, 2007 to March 6, 2008) Participants will submit their business proposals, which they will develop into a fully-fledged business plan during Phase 2. The five most innovative ideas will be awarded a cash prize (€1,400 each) on March 6, 2008 in Vienna.
Phase 2: (March 6 to July 3, 2008) Workshops and boot camps will be organized in which participants learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and work together with experts on their business plan. Of course participants may also enter the contest directly in Phase 2. On June 27, 2008, participants present their completed plans to an international jury.
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