YES is an innovative global competition developed to raise awareness among postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers of how ideas from science and engineering can be commercialised.
This is the 24th year of the competition and in that time over 5,804 early career researchers have taken part.
YES19 comprises of five residential workshops that are run over three days. Your team can be made up of four or five members and you will attend a residential workshop of your choice. For a list of the residential workshops click here.
During each workshop, in the morning of the first two days, leading figures in industry deliver presentations on all aspects of knowledge exchange and the commercialisation of ideas.
This knowledge, and any gained prior to the YES workshop, provides a basis to prepare an oral business plan for a company based on a hypothetical but plausible idea, based on real markets and financial data. In the afternoon of the first two days, mentors are at hand to answer questions, give advice and provide a focus for the team’s ideas.
On the third and final day, your team will make a formal oral presentation of your business plan before a panel comprised of business, financial and academic representatives taking the role of equity investors.
Two teams from each workshop are selected to progress through to the final, hosted at the Royal Society in London.