Postgraduate students from across the UK recently took part in the first Energy Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Energy YES).
Energy YES has been designed specifically to enhance the business skills of researchers in the energy community. It was developed by the Network of Energy Centres for Doctoral Training and University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (UNIEI). Over a four day programme, which involved presentations and mentoring, 50 researchers were tasked with working in a team to developing their own business plan. On the final day they presented their ideas to a panel of would-be investors and industry experts ('Dragons Den-style').
The overall winning team was Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) consisting of five researchers from The University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and The University of Nottingham. The MEGS team won £1,000 prize fund and both teams will now go on to compete against finalists from the sister competition Engineering YES on Wednesday 19 June.
Further information is available here.