Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2012

(Nanowerk News) Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2012 is an international business plan competition aimed at identifying and supporting the best, most innovative nanotechnology and polymers startups around the world. The Competition is open to Italian and foreign inventors, students, Phd, scientists, researchers and to start ups with less than three years of life. Participants are supposed to present a business project featuring breakthrough innovation in nanotechnology and polymer-based material.
The competition is organised by Intesa Sanpaolo (Italy's largest bank), Veneto Nanotech (the Italian Cluster of Nanotechnology) and IMAST (the Campania-based Technological District on Polymeric and Composite materials). Each challenge offers the chance to win a €300,000 cash and services award.
In addition, for all the shortlisted startups there is the opportunity to take part in a unique end-to-end program that will include the following additional benefits:
  • Access to an international Investor Roadshow covering European and worldwide locations such as London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, San Francisco
  • Widespread media coverage
  • Mentoring services and dedicated support / training services offered by Silicon Valley investors Maverick Angels
  • Access to a wide network of partners (business incubators, software corporations, science parks, business coaches) providing key services and resources
  • The competition is free and entries can be submitted by registering on the challenge website. Please note that the deadline for submissions is 19 July 2012.
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