Global Entrepreneurship Week

New Innovators Competition – Winners Announced

The New Innovators Competition was launched in November as part of the Alta Innovations / Enterprise Acceleration Team joint initiative to promote Global Entrepreneurship Week. The competition was open to any member of research staff with an innovative idea for creation of economic impact from their research via the development of a commercial product or process.

We had some really interesting ideas which made judging very difficult but in the end the winners were:
  • Miranda Bradshaw and Dr Clive Speake from the School of Physics and Astronomy for their idea; The Absolute Long Range Tilt Insensitive Interferometer – an innovative advance in measuring small displacements.
  • Dr Felicity De Cogan working as part of a team in Clinical Experimental Medicine for their idea; Novel Coatings for Orthopaedic and Dental Implants – a new process to reduce the problem of failure of titanium implants
  • Dr Jill Ramsay working in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Services for her idea; The Integrated Hand Hygiene Assessment Tool a new tool to help improve hand hygiene in healthcare and community settings.

Each of the winners will receive £2000 to invest in the development of their idea, working with the Alta Innovations Team.


Research and Innovation Services Celebrate Entrepreneurship and Innovation during Global Entrepreneurship Week

“The translation of our cutting edge research into commercial opportunity is important to both our University and to the wider economy.  If this doesn’t happen then we forego the opportunity for society to benefit from our creativity and innovation.  For these reasons I strongly encourage our academic colleagues to support Global Entrepreneurship Week and am grateful to the Enterprise Acceleration team and Alta Innovations for organising the initiative”

Professor Malcolm Press, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer

To coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (18th – 22nd November), the Enterprise Acceleration team, in conjunction with Alta Innovations are running a programme of events to inspire and inform researchers about the commercial potential and economic impact of their research and to highlight the support available at the University.

This competition is now closed but contact the Enterprise Acceleration team to find out about other funds that might be available to commercialise your research. Email Catherine Mansell,

 How to Enter


Entry is via a simple application form. The application forms will be sent out to everyone who attends a Global Entrepreneurship Week event.

Application forms need to be received by us by the 6th December 2013.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel made up from Alta Innovations and the Enterprise Acceleration Team, and winners will be announced by the 20th December 2013.

Three £2000 awards are available.




The competition is open to all research staff

The innovation for which you require funding must be based upon your research

You can enter individually or as a team

You must have attended at least one UoB Global Entrepreneurship Week event for staff.

 How can the money be spent? 


The fund is very flexible in its use but this might include:

 Prototype generation

 Work around analysing a market for potential

 Funding for travel and meetings to discuss the idea with potential collaborators / users of the idea

 Technical development

 Website generation

The winners will meet with the members of Alta / the Enterprise Acceleration Team (as appropriate) in order to plan the most appropriate way to spend the money for each project.

For more information contact; Catherine Mansell:


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