Closing date for the 2013 competition is 19 July
- Do you want to stand out from the crowd and gain skills your peers don't have?
- Do you want to improve your employment prospects and earn more?
- Do you want to know how to make money from your research and be an entrepreneur?
If your answer to any of these questions is 'YES' then the Environment YES competition is for you!
Environment YES is an innovative scheme for researchers in environmental science. Its aim is to increase entrepreneurial awareness in the environmental science community.
The Environment YES scheme is run as a competition, and is like a blend of the popular UK TV shows 'Dragons' Den' and 'The Apprentice'. 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 become an entrepreneur. The training the teams receive is worth around £5000.
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 £1000.
Places on the Environment YES scheme are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The competition is entirely free to enter, and NERC will cover travel and subsistence costs for participants attending the workshops and final. More information about Environment YES
Briefing session: 6 August 2013, Nottingham (one member of each team needs to attend this session).
Workshops: 9-11 October 2013, Oxford; 6-8 November 2013, Lanarkshire, Scotland (applicants to the scheme should state which workshop they would prefer to attend).
Final: 2 December 2013, London.
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
Simply complete and submit the Environment YES application form .
For further information please follow the relevant links below.
- Introduction and details for the Environment YES scheme
- Last year's Environment YES winning team
- Examples of science ideas which have been used previously in the competition
- Frequently asked questions
- The YES Application form and an example workshop timetable/ agenda