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YES18 Final at Royal Society, London




You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.







Follow in the footsteps of giants

Want to follow in the footsteps of the great and the good of science? For the third year running, the YES Competitions' final is being held at the Royal Society, London, whose previous Fellows have included Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Hawking.

This illustrious institute is the oldest independent scientific academy in continuous existence, since its inception in 1660. Dedicated to promoting excellence in science, the Royal Society is a fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists. Its purpose is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science and encourage its use for the benefit of humanity. With many of our entrants focused on solving societal challenges which are global, it's the perfect venue at which to hold our finals.

The Royal Society also happens to be situated in one of the most prestigious and beautiful buildings in London. Previously home to a wealthy American, the Society moved here in 1947 and benefits from the opulent Italian Palazzo interior. With a Marble Hall, an elaborately carved stairway by Nash and beautifully painted and gilded ceilings, one feels the weight of history and those eminent scientists who have passed through.



Mentoring from leading business figures

The YES Competitions cover the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, energy and environmental sciences.

Early Career Researchers (ECRs), made up of teams of three to five members, take part in a three-day residential workshop to create a business plan for a start-up company based on a hypothetical but plausible idea. The workshops include talks from practitioners specialising in finance, IP, marketing and include mentoring from leading industry figures. From each workshop, two teams with the best business plan are selected to go through to the final at the Royal Society

Past participants have gone on to translate research from their universities into spin out companies, broker licensing deals with multi nationals, create social enterprises and create award winning outreach programmes. They consistently state that taking part in YES was the key driver for them to realise the potential impact of their research.

The motto of the Royal Society is 'nullius inverba', which is taken to mean 'take nobody's word for it'. The YES Competitions give you the opportunity to explore ideas, collaborate with your team, gain mentoring from experts and present a final case to support your plan, all in the safety of a competition environment. But don't take our word for it, sign up and find out for yourselves.


Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

  • Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • Jubilee Campus
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