BioCity Scotland offers £10,000 Dragon's Den prize for entrepreneur
3 April 2012
BioCity Scotland, the recently opened centre for life science
businesses in Newhouse, Lanarkshire, will award a prize worth £10,000 at
this year’s BioEntrepreneur Boot Camp Scotland.
The Boot Camp is a three-day intensive business development
programme designed to prepare scientists to be their own boss.
Participants on the programme, which runs from 25-27th April
2012, will be well-prepared to present their business ideas on the
final day to a panel of leading entrepreneurs and subject experts.
Judges will also take into account the winning delegate’s overall
contribution to the programme.
The prize consists of up to £7,000 worth of free accommodation in
a 12 month period at BioCity Scotland and £3,000 worth of vouchers
to be used with BioCity corporate partners for professional advice.
BioEntrepreneur Boot Camp Scotland is sponsored by North
Lanarkshire Council and is designed for anyone thinking of starting
a life sciences company or in the early stage of company
development. North Lanarkshire Council support is making available
twenty sponsored places in a competitive application process.
The Boot Camp is suited to recent graduates, post-docs and
academic researchers as well as those with experience within a
larger organisation who feel the urge to break out on their own. The
Boot Camp is ideal for anyone looking to commercialise a particular
science or a great idea or simply to gain a greater understanding of
The three-day programme is delivered by business
professionals, many of whom have run their own firms or advise small
companies. Delegates will work on practical exercises and case
studies; they will enjoy lively discussion and networking, and will
benefit from one-to-one mentoring. Topics covered include market
research, financial planning, business law, intellectual property,
leadership and business promotion. The individual sessions build
towards the friendly ‘Dragons Den’ style competitive pitch to the
panel of industry experts on the final day.
Dr Glenn Crocker, CEO of the BioCity group says: “Although the
Boot Camp is deliberately designed to encourage delegates whatever
their point on the business journey, we feel a little competitive
incentive will add a note of reality at the end of the programme.
Pitching for funding is something our new entrepreneurs will need to
get to grips with and the rewards are worth all the hard
Lending their support to the Boot Camp are solicitors Pinsent
Masons and patent attorney Harrison Goddard Foote. Their staff will
help deliver some of the more technical aspects of the schedule.
Delegates, speakers and an invited audience will join together for a
lively debate on the evening of 26th April sponsored by solicitors
McClure Naismith, ‘Entrepreneurship: Art or Science, Nature or
Nurture?’ Recruitment consultants Eden Scott are supporters of the
final day’s Dragons’ Den.
One of the delegates on the first-ever BioEntrepreneur School
held in Nottingham was Dr Alison Reith, Business Development Officer
at the West of Scotland KTP Centre: “The programme is ideal for
technical experts and academics who need exposure to the world of
business. I found the presentations extremely well-structured and
relevant, and the opportunity to meet and talk with business experts
"By the end of the three days all the delegates had developed the
confidence and skills to explain their business ideas to investors
as well as developing a valuable network and sharing experiences.
This Boot Camp is an excellent opportunity for life science
entrepreneurs to learn new knowledge and skills through a first
class business training scheme”.
More details can be found at