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Enterprise Fellowships

A key priority for the RSE is to support entrepreneurship and the commercialisation of academic research to benefit the UK economy. Enterprise Fellowships, a prestigious flagship award for the RSE, has been operating for over 20 years and has supported over 260 entrepreneurs to date. Funded by Scottish Enterprise, BBSRC, STFC, the RSE CRF Fund and, most recently, IBioIC, the award forges key interactions between business and academia by fostering individuals to become world-class entrepreneurs and accelerating their science- and technology-based businesses. Each Enterprise Fellow receives 12 months of funding, including a salary, business support funding, expert business training and access to entrepreneurial mentors from the RSE Enterprise Fellowship and wider business community, while being hosted at a UK university or research institution. These allow them to focus solely on the development of their businesses and equip them with the skills necessary to succeed in today’s fast-paced global business environment.

Awardees 2020

Who
What
Where
Funded By

Dr Alexander McVey

What

ŌGI Bio Ltd - Offering customers an inexpensive route into routine microbial culturing on a system that is smaller and cheaper than current technology available.

Where

University of Edinburgh

Funded By

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Dr Marine Valton

What

BIO-F - Developing biofertilisers based on natural algae directly isolated from British farmers' fields, which capture atmospheric nitrogen and carbon that are shared with plants and therby act as a slow-release natural fertiliser while replenishing soil health and fertility.

Where

Imperial College London

Funded By

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Dr Simon Bennie

What

Dynamerse - Immersive virtual reality software allowing multiple researchers to step into scientific simulations whilst they are operating.

Where

University of Bristol

Funded By

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Dr Timothy Eyes

What

Manchester Biofactory - Enhancing the way new enzymes are developed by minimising the search space from millions to hundreds, making it easier to search and rapidly accelerate the discovery of vastly improved enzymes to produce leading, breakthrough products.

Where

University of Manchester

Funded By

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Dr Sunil Sharma

What

XGenix - Focusing on enzymes that can make Carbon-Halogen (C-X) bonds in a green and efficient manne, directing the exact position of C-X formation so that only one product is formed.

Where

University of St Andrews

Funded By

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

Dr Faisal Ghani

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What

SolarisKit Ltd - A low-cost, flat-packable solar thermal collector, capable of converting sunlight directly into heat in the form of hot water to benefit the lives of millions of people in the developing world by providing clean, affordable energy, whilst reducing carbon emissions.

Where

Heriot-Watt University

Funded By

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Mr Jack Kennefick

What

Tagomics - Developing a novel, targeted, epigenetic profiling technology capable of providing epigenetic information on a genome wide scale to discover new cancer biomarkers, which will be capable of early detection and diagnosis of multiple cancers.

Where

University of Birmingham

Funded By

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Dr Steven Owens

What

Huli - Offering a completely different way of finding the best routes anywhere in the world for sports such as running, cycling and hiking.

Where

University of Strathclyde

Funded By

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Mr Hamish Geddes

What

Lenz Ltd - The application of hyperloop technology to railway locomotives; a sustainable solution that improves the overall safety of the railway system by optimising a locomotive's traction control, no matter what the weather.

Where

University of Edinburgh

Funded By

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Dr Ashton Barnett-Vanes

What

Javelin Health Ltd - An early-stage medical device start-up operating and developing a product within the intravascular cannula securement market.

Where

University of Edinburgh

Funded By

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Dr Carole Tucker

What

Cardiff Filter Technology - Producing multi-layer metal-mesh filters covering a broad range of wavelengths within next-generation aerospace applications using a cornerstone technology in terahertz science.

Where

Cardiff University

Funded By

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Dr Richard Gray

What

Lomond Nuclear Instruments - Developing a full suite of radiation detection technologies while introducing neutron and alpha systems to identify key radioactive emissions that pose unique challenges within the nucleur industry.

Where

University of Glasgow

Funded By

Science and Technology Facilities Council

The knowledge I’ve gained during these 12 months has been fundamental to Earth Blox’s success. I revisit my training notes on a regular basis (and I believe that I will do so for many years to come). Without the training, commercially, I would be operating blindly (or not at all!), as being an entrepreneur requires so much knowledge, from understanding corporate governance to building and recruiting teams and employees, financing, investment, marketing.

Genevieve Patenaude, Enterprise Fellow 2019

Enterprise Fellowships are open for applications

Apply by Wednesday 28 April 2021

Learn more about the RSE Enterprise Fellowship

266

entrepreneurs have been supported

2490

jobs have been created in the UK

42

UK academic institutions

93 %

of Enterprise Fellows start new businesses

25 %

of Enterprise Fellows have started multiple businesses

£ 9.74

Return on investment for every £1 spent

81 %

still operating after 5 years

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