Career development opportunities for MRC students


Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

The Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) is an innovative competition to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the UK bioscience postgraduate and postdoctoral base for the benefit of the UK economy.

Using presentations from leading figures in the biotechnology industry, the competition provides training on all aspects of technology transfer and the commercialisation of bioscience ideas. This knowledge is then used by participants to prepare an oral business plan presentation for an imaginary biotech start-up company.

Participating teams present their business plan to a panel of business, financial and academic representatives taking the role of venture capitalists (much in the style of Dragon’s Den). Two teams from each workshop are selected to progress through to the final, where winners of the competition receive £2,500.

YES is an excellent opportunity to:

  • cultivate business acumen
  • expand industry networks
  • develop transferable skills
  • explore career options
  • enhance CVs.

How to apply

Any MRC supported student or early career researcher with an interest in bioscience commercialisation can apply.

To learn more and find out how to apply, visit the biotechnology YES website.

Last updated: 6 July 2022

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