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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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The Royal Academy of Engineering

As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. The Royal Academy of Engineering's Enterprise Hub is a national resource for the UK's most promising engineering entrepreneurs. The Hub forms part of the Academy's commitment to stimulate excellence and promote creativity and innovation in engineering by identifying and supporting the founders and leaders of tomorrow's high-tech companies. Hub Membership is only offered to those awarded one of the Hub's grants, prizes or Fellowships. Awardees are offered full Membership and support for the Award year. Membership offers money-can't-buy bespoke support and one-to-one mentoring from its Fellowship, which is composed of some of the country's most successful engineers from across academia and industry, including prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders such as Sir Robin Saxby FREng, Anne Glover CBE HonFREng and Ian Shott CBE FREng. In addition to the mentoring and various levels of financial support offered by the awards, a series of training courses - including the week-long Ignite programme - are provided to help Members develop the skills needed to run a successful engineering business. Members also receive invitations to networking events and the opportunity to pitch to suitable Hub Partners including investment groups. High performing Awardees may remain Hub Members following the end of the Award period.

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Informatics Ventures

Informatics Ventures

Based at the University of Edinburgh, Informatics Ventures supports and encourages globally ambitious technology companies head quartered in Scotland. Through practitioner-led entrepreneurship education and community networking, Informatics Ventures prepares and equips Scotland's technology entrepreneurs to scale up and take their businesses global. Their flagship annual technology investor showcase, ENGAGE INVEST EXPLOIT (EIE), connects up to 60 Scottish technology-based life sciences, ICT and energy companies with over 200 international investors and has become the largest event of its kind in the UK. EIE16 will take place on 12 May 2016 in Edinburgh.

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The Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav)

The Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav), is a Mexican public institution, leader in scientific research and postgraduate education. Cinvestav's educational offer includes 61 Master and Doctorate programmes, all supported by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. Cinvestav has 10 campuses across the country, which serve to regional needs and open their doors to students from all around the world, providing many advantages and opportunities for a scientific training of the highest level. Cinvestav's postgraduates are trained under the supervision of 670 leading scientists - most belonging to the National Researchers System - thus consolidating prominent research groups and development centres in Mexico and other countries. Cinvestav's mission is to build human and intellectual capital highly competitive that can contribute assertively to solve relevant problems to the country and the society.

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Nanshan District Science Technology and Innovation Bureau and Nanshan District Hi-tech Incubation Service Center

The Innovation Nanshan "Entrepreneurship Star" Contest is an annually-held large-sized selection activity which is hosted by Shenzhen Nanshan District People's Government and the Science& Technology Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, organised by Nanshan District Science Technology and Innovation Bureau and Nanshan District Hi-tech Incubation Service Center, aiming at "Encouraging innovation and supporting venturing". Since the first session of "Entrepreneurship Star" Contest held in 2008, its influence and coverage has been further expanded and become the platform of projects selection for many venture capital institutions as well as the platform of competition for entrepreneurs. In the past seven years, this contest attracted 4,975 projects in total to participate. Moreover, it encouraged nearly 100 investment institutions to invest the venture capital up to RMB 1.5 billion Yuan in Nanshan District. The domestic mainstream media and investment institutions have paid much attention to this contest, making it a "business card" of service for innovation and venturing in Nanshan and in Shenzhen as well.

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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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Applications are now open for the 20th Annual Ignite programme, taking place 8-13 July 2018.

Deadline: 1 June 2018


Early bird discount available till 1 April 2018.

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