About the competition
The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry's annual initiative that identifies and supports entrepreneurs who are developing ground-breaking, chemistry-led innovations.
The competition plays a vital role in promoting technologies that tackle societal challenges, support a sustainable future and drive economic growth.
Each year, we welcome applications from early-stage start-ups, spin-outs and academic entrepreneurs who are developing the most novel, innovative and disruptive chemistry tech in each of these four categories:
- Enabling Technologies
We particularly welcome applications from companies, start-ups and spin-outs lead by Black and other minoritised ethnic scientists.
Find out more about each category
What finalists receive
Following an application round, our judges will carefully review each application and provide helpful feedback. The 24 finalists will be announced in early June and receive:
- Invaluable publicity and exposure
- Wider support and advice from our competition partners and judges during the final
- For eligible* UK incorporated businesses an invitation to join a package of support that includes; Venture Mentoring, Masterclasses, Investor networking and more.... from June 2023
- University-based finalists (non-incorporated) will have free attendance on a special edition of Spin Up Science's Pioneer Program
The in-person pitch final will take place at our hybrid event in London on 11 July 2023 where the judges will select four winners (one per category), each of whom will receive:
- A cash prize of £25,000
- Post-event publicity and exposure
2023 Competition Partners
We are delighted to have the support from some of the most recognised companies in the chemical sciences industry
For our 2023 University based finalists (non-incorporated) will have free attendance on a special edition of Spin Up Science's Pioneer Program - a 6-part series delivered by experts in university venture creation, exploring the practical knowledge and skills to unlock your technical expertise as a scientist and drive forward innovation.
Spin Up Science was incorporated in 2018 to catalyse the growth of deep tech ecosystems. They believe entrepreneurial scientists have the potential to solve global problems that the best way to support entrepreneurs is to build ecosystems where start-ups can thrive.
Get in touch
- send Katie an email