Two seed financing Prizes of 300.000€ each are available for the eight edition of Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge, international business plan competition aiming at funding startups in nanotechnology and advanced materials. The initiative is organised by Veneto Nanotech, the Italian cluster of nanotechnology and IMAST, the Italian Technological District on Polymeric and Composite Materials Engineering and Structures. Intesa Sanpaolo, the second Italian bank, is co-organizers of the business plan competition and will support the teams with consultancy and support in innovative startup creation.
Registration is free through the form online. A short Executive Summary of few pages (please download the format) is requested. The international competition is open to teams of at least two people that must submit their business proposal by July 19th, 2012 for the first screening by the scientific jury.
Since 2005 Nanochallenge rewards the best international startup projects in nanotechnology, uncovering breakthrough nanotechnology applications and attracting the best entrepreneurial talents, in order to give them the actual opportunity to create a startup.
Nanochallenge is an international business plan competition organized by Veneto Nanotech, the Italian Cluster of Nanotechnology and, since 2007, by IMAST, Technological District on polymeric and composite materials engineering and structures.
Veneto Nanotech and IMAST aim at attracting the best nanotechnology innovations / polymer-based materials applications and business ideas in the Clusters, offering financial and strategic support to scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs ready to start a real company.
The new entrepreneurs have access to our facilities, labs, instruments and financial network to develop their technologies and products. This helps them speed the development phase and enter the market.
Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge poses itself as an "entrepreneurship womb" involving important players in the nanotech and advanced polymer-based materials fields, such as talented researchers, PhD students, entrepreneurs, mentors, venture capitalists, business angels, in an environment that fosters aspiring business ideas.
For more information, please visit the Nanochallenge website.