Say you have a new idea – what you think may be a good way to treat a disease, generate cheap energy, or collaborate on-line. How do you get the idea into the marketplace?
Start your own company, has been the answer over the past decade for a growing number of European researchers.
To celebrate these researchers-turned-entrepreneurs, on 2 December in Stockholm the Science|Business Innovation Board, a blue-ribbon panel of leaders in industry, academia and policy, will pick the winners of the first pan-European awards for university enterprise. At a conference and awards ceremony, the week before the Nobel Prizes are awarded there, the ACES Academic Enterprise Awards will be presented to winners in six categories, by dignitaries including Odile Quintin, the European Union’s Director-General for Education and Culture.
The finalists were chosen on 5 November in London: individuals from 18 different organisations. Their backgrounds are diverse: from Sweden to Italy, from chemistry to biotechnology. The ACES programme is sponsored by Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Vinnova, Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, Cefic and The Wellcome Trust.