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Apply for YES 2018!

  • Form a team of three, four or five members

Am I eligible?

You can enter YES if:

  • You are a researcher without an undergraduate or postgraduate business degree
  • You have not participated in YES before
  • You are registered as a researcher at a university up until 31 December 2018

While YES is aimed at individuals who are in the early stages of their research career, for example PhD students or those working on their first or second post-doctoral research appointment, there is no age limit for those wishing to participate.

We welcome researchers from other countries, however they will have to cover their own travel costs.


What next?

Step two – following submission

On receipt of the application, the team will be notified of the workshop they have been allocated within
15 working days.

If the team wishes to accept the workshop they have been allocated, each member will need to complete an individual registration form and return within 15 working days.


Step three – webinar briefing

Take part in the webinar on Wednesday 1 August between 11am-12pm. Webinar details will be emailed to the team co-ordinator in early July.

This briefing will outline what you have to do before and during the workshop; what a hypothetical but plausible idea is; and a Q&A session.


Step four – establish an idea

Decide upon an innovative research based idea that could work as a business and think about which areas of the business each team member will be responsible for and undertake some market research.

If you have any questions in relation to your idea, get involved in the online mentor sessions hosted through LinkedIn starting in August and running through to the end of September.


Step five – attend a workshop

All team members attend a three day residential workshop encompassing presentations and mentoring sessions from leading figures in industry. Workshops held throughout October and November.

From each workshop, two teams with the best business plan presentation will be selected to go forward to the Final on Tuesday 11 December hosted at
The Royal Society in London.


Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

  • Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • Jubilee Campus
  • Nottingham, NG8 1BB