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Engineering YES: Business Plan Competition

Engineering Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) is a competition for postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present a business plan for an imaginary start-up company to a group of shrewd investors and industry experts. The programme covers all aspects of the commercialisation of new product and service development from discovery, to the first sales. Great learning for entrepreneurs or for researchers who want to gain extra employability skills and stand out from the crowd at interview!

Participants learn the techniques of how to go about planning a new business venture, meet local entrepreneurs and business leaders who have done it for real and have a lot of fun at the same time! There are also over £2000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs.

Details on the competition can be found here.

Cardiff University will fund a limited number of places individuals or teams (up to 3 teams of four or 12 individuals for the Milton Keynes heats (12-15 May), including overnight accommodation, board and transportation to the heats and final (if applicable). We will also facilitate the briefing via video link on 8 April.

Please see the key dates below:

Deadline for applications: 10 February
All application forms should be sent to

  Application Form - Engineering YES (49.5 Kb, 228 downloads)

Briefing Session: Monday 8 April 10 am-1 pm (video)

Heat: Sunday 12 May to Wednesday 15 May (Holiday Inn Milton Keynes)
These three heats are essentially fast paced experiential training events and each follow the same format and programme. On the Sunday evening there will be an opportunity to get to know other participants in a business networking session. The next two days (and nights) are packed with learning, facilitated by speakers from industry and access to specialist mentors who will work with your team to help you to prepare your oral business plan presentation for the final day. Prizes will be awarded at each heat for specific activities during the programme.

Grand Final: Wednesday 19 June 2013: Birmingham Science Park, Aston.

Related resources:

  Researcher Brochure - Engineering YES (241.7 Kb, 182 downloads)

  Promo Poster Brochure 2013 - Engineering YES (1.8 Mb, 174 downloads)

2 Responses to “Engineering YES: Business Plan Competition”

  1. Arran Says:

    I don’t really have an idea for a business, can I still participate in the programme?

  2. Says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for getting in touch. No, you don’t need to have an idea for a business to join in, as you will be working in teams to develop a plan over the duration of the competition. Hope this answers your question, and good luck applying!

    Jadine Wringe
    Communications Officer
    University Graduate College

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