Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year


This award is given to individuals who demonstrated creativity and vision, driving chemistry innovation to commercial success for their business.


2019 Winner


This Award was not awarded for 2019.


General information


  • Runs annually
  • The award winner will be featured in Chemistry World, the Royal Society of Chemistry's flagship magazine (circulation 49,000+ copies in print)
  • The award winner will be chosen by an independent selection panel                  

Guidelines for nominators


  • Both RSC members and non-members can nominate for this award 
  • Nominees may nominate themselves
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK and internationally 
  • Individuals working in chemical science industry or academia can be nominated    

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system. If you are an RSC member please make sure you have the membership number to hand before accessing the online system.

During the application process you will be asked to provide:

  • A supporting statement (up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) including:
    • Introduction of entrepreneur and the business - describe the business and the nominee's current position and responsibilities in the business.  
    • Success and challenges to date - describe the entrepreneurial story, including the risks, obstacles overcome.
    • Innovation and creativity - describe the products and services which differentiate the business from competitors. 
    • Growth potential and financial performance - describe succinctly the growth strategy and whether the business generated any revenue or profit in the last three years      
  • One page CV of the nominee,  which should include a summary of education and career.     

There is no requirement for detailed technical or commercial data. Sufficient information to enable the assessors to compare submissions that are likely to be vastly different from each other. 

When nominating recent Prize or Award winners, please remember that a person cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work.

The RSC reserves the right to rescind any Prize or Award if there is reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, there is no confirmed or potential impediment to their nominee receiving this prize/award related to their professional standing. Our Professional Practice and Code of Conduct can be referred to as a guide on expected standards.


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Selection Criteria for RSC Awards


Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations as appropriate:

  • Applicants should have established or contributed to the growth of a chemical science business
  • Should demonstrate innovation and have clear indications of commercial promise and impact
  • Brought new products to market within the last three years 
  • Have evidence of established market share and revenue earned within the last three years 
  • Showed resilience   

Selection panel


  • Roy Sandbach, Newcastle University (Chair)
  • Jacquin Wilford-Brown, AkzoNobel
  • Mark Gronnow, Biorenewables Development Centre
  • Keith Layden, Croda
  • Christian Jones, Nanoform
  • Alexander Alanine, Nanna Therapeutics    

Previous Winners

Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017 Winner

Andrew Hopkins, Exscientia Ltd

Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016 Winner

Simon Hirst, Sygnature Discovery

Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 Winner

Dr Ray Fisher, Peakdale Molecular

Contact and Further Information

Awards
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Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066