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Apply for YES 2017!

  • Form a team of 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 2017

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 application submission

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

If the team wishes to accept the workshop they have been allocated, each member will need to complete an individual registration form.


Step three – webinar briefing

Watch the briefing webinar that was hosted on Tuesday 1 August between 11am-1pm.

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


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.


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.

Two teams, from each workshop, with the best business plan presentation are selected to go forward to the Final on Tuesday 12 December hosted at The Royal Society in London.


Young Entrepeneurs Scheme

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