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Emerging Technologies Competition 2017

Posted February 14, 2017

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual innovation initiative, turning promising ideas into commercial reality.

Now in its fifth year, the competition brings cutting edge science to the real world for the benefit of society.

The Emerging Technologies Competition 2017 is open for entries until 13 March 2017. You can enter the competition here and read more about how to enter in our application and judging section.

Our Emerging Technologies Competition aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative technologies in the following areas (you can find out more about these categories in Application & judging).

  • Health
  • Energy & environment
  • Food & drink
  • Materials & enabling technologies

The competition is free to enter and open to small companies and universities, who can apply using our online application form. We welcome ideas, at any stage of development, from across the UK and Europe.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of expert judges at the competition final, taking place at Chemistry Means Business 2017. This is a high-profile two-day event bringing together start-ups, small and medium enterprises, multinational organisations, and academic entrepreneurs from across the chemistry-using community.

Why take part

Entering the Emerging Technologies Competition is a chance to gain exposure for your technology, receive tailored support from our competition partners, and win up to £10,000 to develop your idea.


Our prizes are designed to help you take your ideas to the next level; there will be eight winners – two in each category – and many benefits for our 40 shortlisted entrants too.

Prize Description
Tailored business support from our partner companies This includes access to networks, strategy review, mentoring, idea evaluation with consumers, potential commercial partnerships and more…
Exposure for the winning technology Support with media coverage, including the possibility to feature in our flagship magazine, Chemistry World (circulation 50,000)
Cash prizes of £10,000 Two prizes of £10,000 in each of the 4 categories
Financial mentoring and guidance A year’s free mentoring and support from a leading accountancy firm, KPMG
Business training A two-day intensive business training course, provided by the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, taking place in September 2017


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