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Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge

International nanotechnology business plan competition


Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge are international business plan competitions organized by Veneto Nanotech, the Italian Cluster of Nanotechnology, and IMAST, the Technological District on polymeric and composite materials.

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 and Polymerchallenge  involve 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. 

The competition offers a total amount of 600.000 euro of seed capital investments: 300.000 euro for startups participating in the nanotechnology category and 300.000 euro for the polymer-based materials category and also the opportunity to become part of Veneto Nanotech and IMAST Italian high tech clusters and receive their support.

The Competition is open to anyone, there are no preclusions and the business idea must have the following characteristics:

  • Nanotechnology or polymer-based materials related 
  • Business oriented Participants must aim at developing their ideas into real business. 
  • Start-up phase
    The competition is intended for new business ideas and not to provide expansion capital to existing businesses.
  • Headquarters inside Veneto Nanotech and IMAST

The online registration is free and it is mandatory for all teams to officially enter the competition and has to be done here by  September 2nd 2011. Otherwise the Executive Summary have to be submitted by September 5th 2011.

Documents must be sent in pdf format to info@nanochallenge.com

Finalist teams have also the opportunity to participate to the Boot Camp that will be held in Padua on November 7, 8 and 9th. The Boot Camp is designed to provide entrepreneurs with in-depth training regarding key strategies and approaches, both personal and professional, for achieving entrepreneurial success. This ground-breaking program permanently changes the way entrepreneurs view themselves and their companies, dramatically increasing their chances for funding.

The Final Contest will be held at Palazzo Bo - University of Padua in a two-day event:
November 10th Closed door session: finalists present their business idea before the international jury.
November 11th Investor Arena Meeting: finalists present their idea in front of investors, venture capitalists and business angels. At the end of the day the winners will be announced.

The official rules of the competition are available here.

For further information: www.nanochallenge.com


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