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Environment YES

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Environment YES is an innovative scheme aimed at increasing entrepreneurial awareness in the environmental science community.

Application deadline

29 May 2015

Upcoming workshops

  • 7-9 October 2015 - Nottingham
  • 11-13 November 2015 - Syngeta, Jealotts' Hill
  • 10 December 2015 - Final (London)


The Environment Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Environment YES) is run as a competition where teams of early-career researchers attend a three-day workshop where they are given training and guidance on innovation and how to commercialise their research and to become an entrepreneur. The training the teams receive is worth around £5,000.

At the end of the three-day workshops, teams present and pitch their ideas for an imaginary environmental start-up company in competition with each other. The winning teams from each workshop are invited to a final where they compete for a prize of £2,500 and an opportunity to attend the 2016 Rice Business Plan Competition in Houston, Texas.

Funding available

Places on the Environment YES scheme are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The competition is free to enter and NERC will cover travel and subsistence costs for participants attending the workshops and final.


Environment YES is aimed at individuals who are in the early stages of their research career, for example PhD students or those in their first or second post-doctoral research appointment. They should be working in the environmental sciences.

How to apply

Please see the Environment YES website - external link for application details.


NERC Studentships & Training Awards Group