The Emerging Technologies Competition 2019 will open on May 7, it is free to enter and you can see more on our criteria for entering below. 10 companies from each category will be shortlisted to showcase their technology to a panel of judges. Those shortlisted will be announced in the week beginning 28 August 2019.
Key 2019 dates
7 May - 5 July
1. Applications open online
2. Shortlisted companies announced
3.Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Education Weekend for shortlisted companies in Cambridge
4. Shortlist companies technology showcase. 2 day showcase and exhibition at Chemistry Means Business in London
5. Winners announced at the Industry Awards in London. Winners will receive £10,000 cash prize
The competition categories
We welcome chemistry-driven innovation relating to improving and maintaining health.
- New drugs and therapies
- Devices for drug delivery
- Targeted drug delivery
- Novel modes of drug administration for paediatrics and geriatrics
- Diagnostic devices (in vivo and in vitro)
- New technologies for infection prevention
- Screening, collection enhancement and monitoring
- Sensors and microfluidics
- Novel taste-masking technologies for pharmaceuticals
Energy & Environment
We welcome chemistry-driven innovation relating to securing clean energy and preserving the environment.
- Energy efficiency
- Energy conversion and storage
- Renewable fuels and renewable energy
- Low energy cleaning
- Waste minimisation
- Renewable feedstocks
- Environmental monitoring
- Fuel cell and battery technology
- Water/ air quality and purification
- Chemicals from carbon dioxide
- Carbon capture and storage
- Hydrogen storage and (bio)hydrogen production
Food & Drink
We welcome chemistry-driven innovation relating to the sustainable production of safe and healthier food and drink.
- Healthy food and nutrition
- Food safety
- Smart ingredients
- Novel delivery technologies
- Food and raw material authenticity, security and traceability
- Clean label
- Food ingredient stability and monitoring
- Crop protection and agricultural productivity
- Water quality
- Sustainable practices in process efficiency and waste minimisation
We welcome chemistry-driven ideas relating to developing advanced materials and enabling technologies for sustainable innovation.
• Sustainability benefits in use
• Sustainable & smart packaging
• Polymers and coatings
• Delivery and encapsulation technology
• New technology for surface modification
• Soft matter materials
• Novel catalysts, including enzymes
• New composites
• Novel process technologies
• Novel characterisation methods
• Materials for extreme environments
• Crop protection and agricultural productivity
• Applications from university entrepreneurs:<20 employees and <£2million turnover.
• Applications from small companies:<20 employees and <£2million turnover.
• Technologies/ ideas must have a strong chemistry component and relevant to the competition categories: Health/ Energy & Environment/ Food & Drink/ Enabling technologies.
• Based in UK, EU, Switzerland, Norway or Iceland.
• We advise that the technology you enter has some form of protection.
• Applicants are required to be available 28-29th of October in London if shortlisted.
Protect your ideas
Applying to the Emerging Technologies Competition counts as a public disclosure of your idea and it is your responsibility to protect it adequately before making an application.
Before applying, please ensure you are satisfied with the level of protection for any idea or material included in the application, and seek your own legal advice if necessary. We advise university groups to contact their technology transfer office if they require guidance.
Failure to do so may affect your ability to protect it in the future.
Applicants are not required include more detail about their ideas than they feel comfortable with or than is indicated in the online application form. However, please be aware that providing insufficient detail may affect the ability of the judges to make a fair assessment of your application.
There is no cost to enter the competition and you will retain full control and ownership of your technology.