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Launch of EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018

The European Commission has launched the 2018 edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. First run in 2011, the Prize aims to encourage more women to exploit the commercial and business opportunities offered by their research projects and to become entrepreneurs.

Europe needs more innovators to stay competitive and to spur economic growth, and yet a large number of well-educated women researchers do not consider entrepreneurship as an option, either through lack of awareness or for other reasons. The Prize is intended to increase public awareness of the contribution of women researchers to entrepreneurship – and to encourage entrepreneurial women to become innovators.

The Prize is open to women who have founded or co-founded their company and who have at some point of their careers benefited from EU funding related to research and innovation. Contestants must be residents of an EU Member State (or a country associated to Horizon 2020).

The following prizes are on offer:

  • 1st prize – €100,000.
  • 2nd prize – €50,000.
  • 3rd prize – €30,000.
  • Rising Innovator Prize of €20,000.

The deadline for entries is 15 November 2017 (17:00 Brussels local time).

An independent panel of judges from business and academia will select the 12 best applicants, who will be invited for a hearing with the jury in January 2018. All participants will be informed about the outcome of the contest in the first quarter of 2018.

For more information check out their website.

Find out about the Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth research theme

The Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth Theme has been very active in the last 12 months, the group has met 6 times in total with two meetings being held jointly with the Creative, Digital and Cognitive Science research theme.  The focus has been on support for interactive activity between Schools and the meetings have included attendees from the Business School, DEC, Media and Tourism.  A highlight of these sessions has been the opportunity for researchers to present their research ideas with a view to encouraging others to join them to establish a research group, while this activity is in its infancy there are two groups that have formed around high growth start-ups and the marketing and branding in the retail sector that are very promising.  The theme also supported more than 6 events at the Festival of Learning and ‘Equipping the business leaders of the future’ was a particular success with over 50 delegates from academia, industry and the public sector discussing the future development of this key activity and how research can support and inform the direction.  The next year will see attempts to expand the network to individuals outside the University, to share experiences around building networks, writing bids and disseminating research.

Prof Dean Patton

Business School


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    IoD Annual Lecture (BU Staff, Students, Alumni & IoD Members only)

    A High Performing Board & How It Can Add Value To A SME

     Wednesday 10 October 2012 – From 6pm for 7pm lecture until 8.30pm

     Bournemouth University, 2nd Floor, Executive Business Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB

    The Institute of Directors in Dorset is proud to be joining forces with Bournemouth University to offer students and our members the opportunity to hear key-note speaker Leslie Spiers talk of the importance of a high performing board.  This is an event with a difference for IoD Dorset. As part of our initiative to help IoD members forge alliances with the next generation of business leaders, committee member and renowned public speaker Leslie Spiers will address a mix of university students and IoD members on the topic of successful boards.

    Leslie has a wealth of experience and as well as running his company Boardroom Dynamics Ltd, he is also Chairman at Mercator Media, Nebula Systems (UK) and the Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne. Leslie regularly works with both large and small businesses to deliver assessment and training in the pursuit of improved board performance and leadership development. IoD Members can attend this event free of charge, as hosts to our attendees from the University. It is a unique opportunity to meet tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and business minds, engaging them in the local business community and forming enterprising relationships.

     At this evening event there will be a drinks reception with canapés. Leslie’s lecture will start at 7pm, followed by a 20 minute Q&A panel. Booking is absolutely essential, but there is no cover charge as this event is primarily an opportunity for Dorset members to show support for students. Please note there is no parking available at the venue, please email kate@thepassionatepa.co.uk for locations of local car parks if needed. To reserve your place for this event, please complete the form below or book online at www.iod.com/southwest/events.




    Farrow & Ball – Key Factors in Building a Successful Business (BU Staff, Students & Alumni only)

    Farrow & Ball

    ‘From Doughnuts to Decorating – Key Factors in Building a Successful Business’

     Tuesday 2nd October 2012, Arrival from 5.30pm for 6pm start

     The Business School and Centre for Entrepreneurship are delighted to invite you to a presentation by Don Henshall, CEO of Farrow & Ball.

     Don will explore the characteristics of a successful leader and share the Farrow & Ball story. Don will be joined by Sally Bennett, the F&B Recruitment & HR Adviser.

     This is a great opportunity for Level H students to hear from a successful and growing business that currently trades in over 70 countries across the world.

     The event is free. A buffet will be provided. Business dress please.

     Please book your place below or telephone us on 01202 961216. Please note there is no car parking at the Executive Business Centre. Details of local car parks can be found on our website.

    For more details and to book a place, please follow this link:


    Adido ‘Starting & Growing a Business’ (BU Staff, Students & Alumni Only)

    Thursday 15th November 2012 Arrival from 11am for 11.30am start

    The Centre for Entrepreneurship is delighted to invite you to a presentation by Gary Seneviratne, Business Development Director of Adido. Do you dream of running your own business? If so, this is a great opportunity to hear from a successful and growing digital marketing agency. Gary will share the Adido story and explore the challenges and pitfalls of starting and growing a business.

    Founded in 2003 by four BU graduates, Adido now serves over 90 clients. In 2011 the business won the UK Search Award for Best Local Search Campaign and the Dorset Business Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.
    This event is free and a buffet will be provided.

    Please book your place below or telephone us on 01202 961216.  Please note there is no car parking at the Executive Business Centre.   Details of local car parks can be found on our website.

    For more details, and to book a place, please follow this link:



    Launch of the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office

    Following the announcement by the Vice Chancellor in August 2011 that CRE would move from Finance & Commercial Services I am delighted today to formally launch the Research & Knowledge Exchange Office (R&KEO) with the remit of supporting all research and knowledge exchange (formally enterprise) activity at BU.

    Under the new arrangements our existing research and knowledge exchange units will report directly to me forming a collection of discrete, but cognate elements.  Administrative support for the new R&KEO will be based in the Research Development Unit working in support of all the different teams. An overview of the status of each team is provided below.

    Research Development Unit – This will continue to be led by Julie Northam and has been expanded to also include knowledge exchange development. Two new posts will be advertised later this month: a research development officer to focus specifically on research ethics, governance and conduct, and a commercialisation and KTP officer.

    RKE Operations – Previously CRE Operations, this will continue to be led by Julia Taylor.  We are currently reviewing the R&KE processes and systems, with a view to improving the already excellent service delivered by this team over the next 3-6 months.

    Business Engagement Unit – This is a new unit to be established as part of the HEIF-5 strategy.  We will soon advertise for a Business Engagement Leader, followed by four Business Engagement Consultants each related to the investment themes set out in the HEIF-5 Strategy.  It is hoped this team will be established from January 2012 and will work closely with the BU Foundation in developing BU as Knowledge Broker.

    Graduate School – Professor Tiantian Zhang joins BU as the Head of the Graduate School in January 2012 when we will formally re-launch the Graduate School.  Until then Fiona Knight, and the School PGR administrators are keeping everything running smoothly.

    DM Centre for Entrepreneurship – The CfE is led by Professor Dean Patton and has recently moved into the Business Engagement Centreof the 6th floor of the EBC and currently in the process of seeking potential tenants initially around the two specific themes as set out in the HEIF-5 Strategy, namely: (1) digital and creative; and (2) tourism & leisure.

    You can access a structure diagram of the new R&KEO here: R&KEO structure diagram

    I will ensure future developments with the R&KEO are announced regularly via the BU Research Blog.

    Matthew Bennett