These last months have not been easy for anyone. We have gone through something unprecedented which has affected millions around the world, having not just economic but human consequences. In light of the events that have taken place, we have decided to direct this year’s competition towards the aim of making a better world.


Our commitment is to tackle and mitigate some of the the world’s most vital issues by encouraging participants to come up with innovative biotech ideas which will address one of the following topical issues:

Global health and well-being
Climate change and sustainability





The participants will be shortlisted and trained on how to materialise their project via a multidisciplinary workshop which will involve business planning, marketing, finance management, intellectual property and more! 


They will also have the chance to attend personal mentoring sessions with experts in order to ask any questions and get guidance and feedback on how to prepare an outstanding pitch presentation.

Finally, the teams will pitch in front of a panel of industry experts to show why their idea is

unique and better than others. 




If you are interested in how to build a start-up business from scratch and gain useful skills that can help you run a profitable project and make you more employable, this is your chance! 

The first best team will win a cash prize of £600, the second team will win a cash prize of £300, and finally the third best team will win a cash prize of £100. Moreover, the three winning teams will receive an extra mentoring session and support from the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre to develop potential real business ideas!

Check the eligibility, terms and conditions in the 'Guidelines' document linked below.

To apply, fill in the the 'Application Form'  and send it to by the 3rd of April

'Build a Biotech' is a fictional start-up business idea competition organised by the North West Biotech Initiative in collaboration with the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre and the University of Manchester. The main aim of the competition is to encourage entrepreneurship within the academic community in the Biotech sector.


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'Build a Biotech'

Business Idea Competition