Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year


This award recognises an individual's contribution to the commercialisation of research.


2014 Winner

Professor Brown

Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014 Winner

Professor Tom Brown, University of Oxford


Rules and Criteria


  • Run annually
  • Open worldwide
  • Candidates are NOT permitted to nominate themselves
  • One page CV for the candidate which should include their date of birth, website URL, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications and patents
  • A one page supporting statement addressing the selection criteria
  • Nominations open 1 September 2014
  • Nominations close on 15 January 2015  
  • Award winner will be chosen by the Industry & Technology Division Awards Committee
  • Award winner receives 4000, a trophy and a certificate
  • Award winner will be featured in Chemistry World, a magazine that is read by 49,000+ people           

About the award


The recipient of this award should:

  • Have established or contributed to the growth of a start-up company successfully commercialising chemistry-related research
  • Have generated a promising IP portfolio for the company
  • Have generated new products, which have been on the market for less than two years or are soon to be commercially available  

Nominations are welcome from both organisations and individuals.  Applicants can be assured that complete confidentiality of data supplied is guaranteed.

The assessment panel will employ the following criteria (where appropriate):

  1. Applicants should have established or contributed to the growth of a chemical science spin-out or SME
  2. The spin-out of SME should have a promising IP portfolio
  3. Should demonstrate innovation and have clear indications of commercial promise
  4. Brought new products to market within the last two years
  5. Have evidence of established market share and revenue earned within the last two years
  6. Should show further exploitation potential  

The one-page supporting statement should include:

  • The origin and function of the business
  • The current product and IP portfolios and the future company strategy
  • The evidence of market share and revenue earned over the last two years
  • The contributions towards Sustainable Development (enhancement of social, environmental and economic performance)
  • Sufficient information to enable the assessors to compare submissions that are likely to be vastly different from each other  

Previous Winners

Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award Previous Winners

2005 - present

Nomination Information

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Please follow this link to make a nomination for the 2014 Prizes and Awards portfolio

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