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la Caixa

'la Caixa', based in Barcelona, has provided financial support for 20 places on the Ignite programme. The places are being awarded as part of a package of prizes and incentives valued at €20,000 to the regional winners of a nationwide Spanish entrepreneurial competition, 'EmprendedorXXI'. This prestigious competition has been set up by 'la Caixa' in collaboration with the Spanish Government as part of a drive to foster entrepreneurship and promote the creation of new businesses in the country. The winning entrepreneurs are being selected from their related regions on the basis of the innovativeness and growth potential of their enterprise ideas.

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Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a 'Not-for-Profit Company' of the Government of India, and has been set up as Department of Biotechnology's interface agency, which serves as a single window for the emerging biotech industries. The primary focus of BIRAC is to foster entrepreneurship, support innovative start-ups, SMEs and catalyse affordable product development in the biotechnology realm of India. BIRAC is a new industry-academia interface and it implements its mandate through a wide range of impact initiatives, be it providing access to risk capital through targeted funding, technology transfer, IP management and hand-holding schemes that help bring innovation excellence to the biotech firms and make them globally competitive.

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OPdA (Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)

Since its inception in 2013, the OPdA has worked closely with the pre-existing Postdocs of Cambridge Society (PdOC) and has had a significant impact on the well-being, recognition, on-going training and enhanced support of the University’s contracted 3,000 postdoctoral research staff (the figure is closer to 4,000 if externally-funded and College Junior Research Fellows are included).

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Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the UK’s professional body for chemists, with an international community of over 54,000 members. More than 12,000 of these people work in industry, in sectors including pharmaceuticals, water, energy and nuclear, consumer products and food and drink. We work with over 20,000 members in 128 universities in the UK, and use our links with external organisations and government departments to speak up for those working with chemistry. The reach and diverse nature of our global network means that we can create unique opportunities for collaboration. The Royal Society of Chemistry run a range of initiatives to fast-track innovation and catalyse the growth of small businesses. We bring together startups, small and medium enterprises, multinational organisations and academic entrepreneurs from across the UK and Europe – acting as an unbiased enabler through which to share knowledge across disciplines.

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University of Bergamo (UNIBG)

UNIBG is located in Lombardia, a region in Northern Italy. In 2017 UNIBG has entered the top 100 of the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, which lists the world’s best universities that are aged 50 years or under. The Centre for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE) is a research centre of the University of Bergamo that promotes the excellence in research on young and family entrepreneurship, through initiatives with impact on the local community. CYFE aims to be recognised as the place conducting collaborative, multidisciplinary research on sustainable value creation by enterprising families and family firms through intergenerational reinvention, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) is a world-leading incubator for quantum-based technology businesses. A collaboration between the University of Bristol and the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University, QTEC is part of the £270m government-invested UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, with a mission to support the translation of revolutionary technology from the lab into the commercial market. QTEC's aim is to produce the pioneers and businesses that will make the UK a global leader in the sectors where the emergence of quantum engineering will have a transformative impact.

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Unit DX

Unit DX is a scientific incubator in central Bristol that provides early-stage science companies with flexible, high-spec lab space and expert support to help develop, accelerate and grow their business. The facility provides entrepreneurs with high-end laboratory space and office facilities to support cutting-edge technologies. Unit DX also provides access to mentoring and business support, with links to investors and industry networks through our partnerships. It is bringing scientists, academics and entrepreneurs together to create a cluster of scientific excellence, enterprise and collaboration in Bristol, with Unit DX's scientific background allowing them to understand and address the needs of their customers.

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Admissions for the 2018 programme have now closed.

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