How to become a successful academic

Several times already during this last month I’ve seen myself in the troublesome situation of giving advice about how to become a successful academic. I’m not an academic myself so one idea that I try to gently put forward is that one way to be a successful academic is to move out. It’s an option to think about. The second idea that may help is that there are so many ways of being successful during a career at Academia. There are many because Academia doesn’t work in linear ways, although sometimes does, and many times contradicts itself. A few days ago I saw this Twitter thread by Maarten van Smeden (@MaartenvSmeden) that became very popular quickly because this is a topic of interest to many, and probably also because it’s a great sarcastic take on the available advice, highlighting how advice on how to become a successful academic can be so frustrating because it’s many times at odds with other advice, even from the same source. 

In his thread Maarten van Smeden offers lots of food for thought:
1) Be the ultimate collaborator but also don’t be. Say yes to as many collaborations as physically possible: co-produce papers, LEARN, co-write grants, DISCUSS, it is all about synergy. But also, collaborations slow you down, have your own ideas! Just say no to collaborations.
2) Be the methods ninja but also don’t be. Science is only as good as its weakest link: don’t be satisfied by applying the default analyses in the field. But also, don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good and don’t confuse reviewers. Just apply the default analyses in the field.
3) Be the superstar teacher but also don’t be. Professor means teacher, it is LITERALLY in the name. Being a good professor means being a superstar teacher. But also, focus on the science and minimize the hours of teaching, don’t try to become a superstar teacher.
4) Be the open science practitioner but also don’t be. A modern scientist is an open scientist. Open up your code, your data and your publications. But also, your code is messy, the data isn’t yours to share and you should save the APC of open publishing to hire new lab members.
5) Be the literature addict but also don’t be. READ YOUR LITERATURE. Be the literature addict and know what is out there to prioritize your own science and become THE EXPERT. But also, there is just too much! Invest time spend on reading in writing your own stuff! DON’T READ.
6) Be the supreme knowledge sponge but also don’t be. Become the best in the world by borrowing knowledge from different scientific disciplines and by working in multidisciplinary teams. But also, be THE SPECIALIST. Focus on your own discipline and team, your CV is begging you.
7) Be the social media rockstar but also don’t be. Outreach! Show you can and will communicate with the public to explain your science. But also, TIME DRAIN! Surely your tenure track committee is not impressed by your 30k SoMe followers half of whom are bots anyway.
8) Be the peer review soldier but also don’t be. Be an active part of the scientific community: be ready for peer review duty. The system will collapse without you! But also, peer review is a waste: everything will be published anyway. Don’t answer the calls for peer review duty.
9) Be the frequent flyer world traveler but also don’t be. You are an internationally oriented researcher: fly as much as you can for talks, collaborations and make sure you participate in ALL the discussions. But also, think about the environment: fly as little as you can.
10) Be the family person but also don’t be. Don’t forget to live while becoming successful: family time should always be the number 1 priority. But also, all of the above should be number 1 priority.

An «open space» meeting, but online

Open space meetings are an incredibly potent tool to discuss almost anything in a group setting, and don’t need a lot of preparation. For our purposes, they are a simple and effective way to build a project proposal with a solid foundation on goals, checking with stakeholders, actually addressing the correct challenges and questions that relate to our research proposal.

Before the social contact restrictions of the cover-19 pandemic this meetings usually went like this: participants in a room, guided by a facilitator, used a whiteboard, a pin board or a table to write down the main issues, topics or questions that in their individual opinion need to be addressed by the group. The dynamic is quite simple, informal and hands-on, so that for instance the participants have to use pens, post-its, etc. themselves and therefore get engaged in the discussion. Then the group or facilitator goes over the topics proposed and groups them in themes or workshops, that are discussed in a second part of the meeting. Each workshop has a framework of simple principles and its goal is to discuss topics with a bit of more detail, for instance to develop a list of actions required, who should take them, a list of questions to be answered in a R&D proposal, etc. In this link there’s more info on how to organise these kind of meetings.

A team in our lab has started to prepare an R&D proposal for an upcoming call. Earlier this week we managed to get a few stakeholders online to present a first draft of the proposal and run a conversation more or less organised following an open space framework. The meeting was successful to improve the proposal and to rewrite its goals. This is how we did it to make it work online:

We had 9 participants and a one hour of meeting at most. The participants were from 3 different stakeholder organisations that have complementary areas of expertise in the topic of our research proposal. We have been in contact with all of them previously, although in some cases just a few weeks ago for the fist time. Hopefully we will be partners in the ad-hoc R&D team once the proposal is submitted for funding.

Before the meeting we prepared an outline of the research proposal with the basic goals and actions we believed make sense. For the open space dynamic, we prepared a simple table with six topics of discussion from the main themes of the research proposal.

We found a time slot free for all using doodle, a very useful free online tool to schedule meetings. We sent the meeting invitation email with a two line description of how the meeting was going to be organised.

The day of the meeting we started the meeting right-away, without proper introductions, with a 15-minute presentation of the project. The presentation was focused on background information about the general medical problem we initially want to address and the technologies we believe we can use.

We then started the open space part of the meeting, with a quick introduction of the participants and the basic rules: Chatham House rule, pre-established topics can be amended,

With a shared screen I took notes of the questions and statements that participants were willing to share about the different topics. This allowed participants to provide real time feedback and expand on the questions already being put forward.

The whole meeting took about 50 minutes and was very successful in identifying several important aspects of the proposal that we had not considered at all and that will be incorporated in the final bid.

A great evaluation report

In a recent European H2020 call our lab has been awarded a very exciting and pioneering grant. The evaluation summary report was quite long and with a lot of feedback on what we did right to get the proposal approved. I believe this can be a great resource for other teams building and writing similar proposals. This is an excerpt of the report for Criterion 2 – Impact, where we got an score of 5. Just a few confidential bits about the project specific goals have been removed.

Note: The following aspects will be taken into account, to the extent to which the outputs of the project should contribute† at the European and/or International level.

The extent to which the outputs of the project would contribute to the expected impacts listed in the work programme under this topic

Evaluator 1

The proposal features a radical vision and disruptive innovation. It has the potential of providing solutions for other fields, such as —– . There is good potential for long-term commercialization of developed technologies and job creation within Europe, which can be carried out by the involved SME. Applicants identified a pathway towards future clinical studies, which adds to the long-term impact. Potential industrial interactions with the medical device industry are also outlined, which could be promising for future technology maturation and transfer. The proposal will involve early-career researchers adding to the European research excellence. The participants apply for the first-time to FET.

Evaluator 2

This proposal has a high potential to leverage a radically new line of technology (—–). Advances in the technologies pushed forward by the presented concept will lead to long-term benefits for other applications in —–. The results of the project will improve patients’ survival and quality of life and contribute to the sustainability of healthcare systems. The developed platform will provide the highest flexibility to support unprecedented applications in —–. The project will involve young scientists that will receive the appropriate training to develop a wide range of scientific skills to broaden their professional horizon.

Evaluator 3

This project will contribute the expected initial focus of developing a product that can be used to treat —— which will have wide impact on the large number of EU and international patients suffering from —–. There will be associated economic healthcare benefits. The project will also train researchers in this important and growing research area.

Evaluator 4

Estimated project impact demonstrates convincingly a very good potential to establish a solid baseline of know-how – by providing the techniques and mechanisms that will allow ——, and to strengthen a research community by developing technologies for —–. Proposal involve young scientists and ambitious high-tech SME. In long-term perspective, synergies with other industrial partners are foreseen. This very good matches with two of the expected impacts of the work programme – building leading research and innovation capacity across Europe and facilitating future social or economic impact (creation of the market of ——).

Effectiveness of measures and plans to disseminate and use the results, including management of IPR and to communicate about the project to different target audiences.

Evaluator 1

The proposal has the ambition of a strong online presence through the use of social media tools and a dedicated project website. The communication matrix is well developed and different audiences are taken into account. Data management and technology transfer activities are recognized as a separate task, which is a strong point. An exploitation plan for the foreground is foreseen, which will provide clarity on IPR aspects. The proposers plan to organize a final open scientific conference, which adds to the dissemination outcomes. A potential shortcoming is the lack of outreach to specialized medical device companies in the Advisory Board.

Evaluator 2

The communication plan is highly detailed including diverse target audiences, e.g. patients, health financers and associations, health companies, and the general public. The dissemination plan includes open-access publications, conference presentations, training, and education courses, as well as data storage in open repositories. The dissemination to the public includes the development of project website, press releases, and promotions on social media. The project includes a fair and transparent IPR policy regarding patents, rights of ownership, and exploitation of results.

Evaluator 3

A variety of appropriate methods to disseminate the research to stakeholders have been described. It is clear how the IP will be managed and what the proposed translational and commercial road map is. As such, the plans to manage IP are effective. The plans to communicate to a wider audience are effective and appropriate.

Evaluator 4

The draft plans for the exploitation and dissemination are well conceived and go far beyond the standard dissemination to scientific communities (through scientific publications, conferences, seminars, workshops) and foresee specific activities to reach additional stakeholders attention and wider public engagement. IPR management is relevant.

Guía de actividades en casa para estudiantes de doctorado y otros investigadores

Ahora que es complicado recoger datos experimentales, algunas recomendaciones sobre cómo organizarse y qué actividades hacer. Adaptado de un hilo de twitter de la Dra Zoë Ayres, de este artículo en Science, y de un poco de experiencia personal.

Empieza el día con una rutina de planificación. No todas las personas y los hogares son iguales, pero un poco de organización ayuda a aprovechar y llevar mejor los días en casa. Nuestra rutina es de ducha, desayuno, veinte minutos de gimnasia o yoga (vídeos en youtube) y entonces hacer una lista de actividades del día. Si estás en casa con niños u otras personas dependientes es buena idea dedicar diez minutos a organizar con ellos su día, por ejemplo utilizando un sistema de agenda diaria como el descrito aquí.


A continuación hay un resumen de actividades que puedes elegir añadir a tu agenda de estos días.

Escribe secciones de tu tesis y artículos en marcha. Si eres estudiante de doctorado no importa en qué momento de la tesis estés, tendrás una idea más o menos aproximada de los equipos, herramientas y protocolos que has usado o vas a usar. Puedes comenzar a escribir las secciones de materiales y métodos de tu tesis, y además aprovechar para analizar qué protocolos y experimentos necesitan alguna mejora.

Es un buen momento para hacer figuras. Las figuras son una parte fundamental de tesis y artículos científicos. Algunos revisores es lo primero que miran. Si tienes datos, imágenes de microscopía, etc. en crudo pero aún no organizadas en una figura, ahora puede ser un buen momento. Aprende a usar Excel, Powerpoint o herramientas gráficas como Inkscape (gratuito) para que tus figuras sean mejores. Una idea relacionada válida para todos es crear un resumen gráfico de tu investigación. Un resumen visual auto-explicativo de los principales objetivos y hallazgos de tu investigación es una forma muy útil de comunicar ciencia. Es necesario dedicarle tiempo para hacerlo bien, pero una vez que hayas creado uno, puedes adaptarlo para posters, presentaciones, documentos varios, redes sociales, y son una manera de construir marca personal.

Lee literatura científica relevante y empieza a escribir la introducción (objetivos, estado del arte) de tu tesis y artículos en marcha. Si estás empezando tu tesis, leer es imprescindible para  comprender dónde se sitúa la tesis en el estado del arte, definir bien objetivos, y a pensar a fondo sobre cual es el plan de trabajo óptimo para conseguirlos.

Aprende a manejar aplicaciones informáticas y a programar. Depende de cual sea el tema de tu tesis, el manejo matemático, la estadística de los datos experimentales, pueden ser cruciales. Hay algunas guías y cursos gratuitos excelentes para Excel, Python, R y Matlab, LaTeX, en youtube por ejemplo.

Aprovecha para poner al día tus cuadernos de laboratorio. Asegúrate de revisar y anotar bien en detalle todos los métodos que has estado usando hasta este momento.

Revisa los experimentos fallidos o datos a priori de poca utilidad. ¿Se puede escribir un apartado o un capítulo de la tesis con ellos? ¿Quizás con una revisión o una figura mejor se puede acabar de escribir un artículo publicable?

Si eres estudiante de doctorado, escribe lo que puedas de las secciones de resultados y discusión de tu tesis. ¿Hay experimentos o datos que faltan en este momento? No hay problema. Deja un espacio por ahora.

Promociona tu trabajo online. Dedica un poco de tu tiempo a marketing en redes sociales. Actualiza tu web personal o de tu laboratorio, pon en marcha un perfil de Twitter y aprende que son los hashtags como #AcademicTwitter y conecta con otros investigadores que trabajan en tu campo. También puede ser el momento de escribir un artículo de divulgación, o crear un video de YouTube explicando algún aspecto de tu trabajo.

Escribe propuestas para convocatorias de financiación de la investigación. Además de las becas y subvenciones habituales de las agencias nacionales y europeas, ahora puede haber tiempo de echar un vistazo a premios de la industria, fundaciones privadas o asociaciones de pacientes, pequeños fondos y ayudas de investigación que normalmente pasan desapercibidos. Cualquier tiempo dedicado a escribir propuestas de subvenciones es en cualquier caso útil como aprendizaje, es una habilidad difícil de dominar.

Piensa en tus planes profesionales. Normalmente es difícil pensar en nuestra carrera profesional a largo plazo. Ahora en casa podemos dedicar tiempo a averiguar más sobre las opciones en nuestra profesión. Si nos sentimos un poco valientes podemos contactar con profesionales que tengan trabajos como los que nos gustaría a nosotros tener en un futuro, buscando a través de LinkedIn, ResearchGate, directorios de universidades y empresas, etc. En medio de una pandemia igual no es apropiado pedirles que se reúnan para tomar un café, pero quizás sí para una llamada telefónica o una teleconferencia rápida. La realidad es que casi seguro estas personas también estarán trabajando desde casa y seguramente no les importará algo más de contacto social. Estos contactos pueden ser una buena manera de romper el aislamiento, aprender sobre la carrera de alguien y construir una red, manteniendo la distancia!

Empieza a crear planes sobre lo que vas a hacer cuando puedas regresar a la universidad. Planes con cierto nivel de detalle, para ser lo más eficiente posible sobre todo cuando tengas la oportunidad de entrar de nuevo en laboratorio.

Recuerda que nadie es verdaderamente eficiente todo el tiempo todos los días. Reserva tiempo en tu día en casa también para pausas de café, almuerzos, charla con colegas por teleconferencia, etc. Investiga un poco sobre gestión óptima del tiempo, como el método Pomodoro. Reserva y organiza tiempo para contactar con compañeros de trabajo y con amigos de manera periódica. Este momento de aislamiento va a ser duro emocionalmente para muchos de nosotros y el contacto humano es importante aunque sea a través de una pantalla o una llamada de teléfono.

Haz cosas divertidas. Asigna parte de tu tiempo a hacer otras cosas además de las relacionadas con tu trabajo que te dan alegría, que te ayuden a aliviar algo de estrés. Recupera aficiones para las que ya no tenías tiempo. Leer y escribir ficción, bailar, cocinar, hacer conservas, dibujar y pintar, coser (mascarillas), tocar un instrumento, escuchar música, jugar a juegos de mesa, juegos online, ver películas y series, aprender un idioma, plantar un huerto (buen momento ahora que empieza la primavera). Cuídate a ti mismo y a los que te rodean.

Twitter, una herramienta para la ciencia. ¿Dónde empezar, hacia dónde ir?

Twitter ha evolucionado en su uso como herramienta social rápidamente en pocos años. Aunque para muchos académicos sigue siendo casi desconocido, hay un número creciente de investigadores que lo usan en el ámbito profesional. Nuestro perfil puede estar centrado en leer información que nos interese y mantenernos al tanto de novedades en nuestro campo, en diseminar nuestra actividad y resultados para aumentar nuestra visibilidad, conectar con colegas conocidos y desconocidos, interactuar con el público, usar la comunidad extendida y experta en Twitter para pedir ayuda en encontrar información específica o resolver problemas difíciles de todo tipo, o todo a la vez. En resumen, un perfil en Twitter como profesional de la ciencia es fácil de montar y el retorno puede ser extraordinario.

Nada más empezar en Twitter. ♦ Elegir un nombre de usuario (twitter handle) corto y fácil de identificar. Nuestro nombre real entero, parte, o abreviado, suele funcionar bien.  Montar nuestro perfil con cuidado. Dedicar un rato a completarlo y volver a revisarlo después de los primeros días de usar Twitter. Foto, imagen ‘banner’, mini biografía 160 caracteres máximo, enlace a web, y un tweet fijado representativo de nuestra actividad.  Buscar y seguir a unos 20-25 investigadores en nuestro campo. Mirar entonces las sugerencias de Twitter de otros usuarios a quien seguir, en el recuadro “Tal vez te guste” en el menú de la derecha, y seguir el enlace a “Mostrar más”. A partir de los usuarios que seguimos Twitter nos sugiere otros perfiles a los que seguir, y esto puede ayudarnos a encontrar muchos otros investigadores con intereses similares a los nuestros.  Los hashtags se pueden usar para encontrar personas que trabajen en temas similares y para hacer más visible nuestro perfil. Por ejemplo, en mi campo #biomaterials #regenerativemedicine #tissueengineering #stemcells

Si hubiera usado más Twitter hace unos años seguro habría tuiteado sobre esto.

Nuestra audiencia y contenido. Seguramente lo más difícil de acertar en Twitter es determinar quien queremos que sea nuestra audiencia y qué contenido funciona mejor para nuestros objetivos. No sorprenderá a nadie que los usuarios con contenido de más calidad y frecuencia suelen ser los que tienen más seguidores. Algunas ideas de contenido para investigadores: Un artículo interesante que has leído, porqué es interesante. Ideas en las que estás pensando. Preguntas que tienes. Artículos que has publicado recientemente. Recursos útiles para investigadores en tu campo. Clases que estás dando. Conferencias a las que asistes. Búsqueda de socios para propuestas de proyectos. Retuitear y responder a los tweets de otras personas.

Averiguar qué son las listas en Twitter y usarlas. Son una manera muy eficiente para recibir y leer información en nuestro campo.

El potencial de Twitter para hacer contactos. Con Twitter podemos seguir a las personas cuya investigación nos interesa, pero también comentar en sus tweets y enviarles mensajes directos. Si somos un poco activos podemos multiplicar nuestra red de contactos. Por ejemplo, si no podemos asistir a una conferencia interesante en persona, podemos seguir los hashtags de la conferencia y contactar o responder a participantes que estén allí en persona. En general en Twitter podemos ser más bien atrevidos a la hora de comentar y producir contenido como herramienta para hacer contactos. Hay que usar el sentido común y como en la vida real a la larga es más atractivo ser respetuoso y ponerse en el lugar de los demás.


Pequeña guía de las reuniones de grupo

En muchos laboratorios de investigación es normal tener una reunión periódica, semanal por ejemplo, en la que se habla de cuestiones de todo tipo y suele haber una presentación corta. Una reunión frecuente y bien estructurada puede ser una pieza fundamental de la vida de un grupo de investigación, y uno de los ‘marcadores’ de un buen líder de grupo.

Aunque la mayoría de investigadores se forman desde el inicio en la cultura de las reuniones de grupo, no es igual ni mucho menos en todos los laboratorios, y puede ser una cuestión importante para los investigadores que acaban de crear su grupo o para los que se preguntan si su rutina habitual tiene aspectos mejorables. Cada IP y cada grupo tiene sus particularidades y no todo funciona igual de bien en todas partes, aunque algunas directrices generales pueden ayudar:

La regularidad (lugar y momento) es una buena idea para programar reuniones de grupo, da tiempo a planificar el resto de la agenda, otras reuniones, experimentos, etc.

El formato puede ser muy variable según el tamaño del grupo y el estilo del IP. Un grupo pequeño puede funcionar bien con una reunión tipo mesa redonda donde cada investigador dedica unos pocos minutos a hablar de su trabajo en marcha. En grupos grandes hace falta algo más de organización para mantener el foco de la reunión, y suele haber alguna presentación con pantalla.

La reunión puede incluir una ‘puesta al día’ por parte del IP, sobre en qué emplea su tiempo, propuestas a convocatorias de ayudas, publicaciones enviadas o rechazadas, contactos y networking, estrategia, uso de labs, etc. Este espacio puede ser delicado en algunos grupos y es mejor introducirlo poco a poco y modularlo según la dinámica pasada del grupo. Bien utilizado tiene muchos beneficios para el grupo: (i) la discusión pública puede ser fuente de nuevos puntos de vista, información, ideas no contempladas por el IP; (ii) la discusión y la información compartida ayuda a construir una visión compartida de equipo, a alinear los intereses personales de cada investigador con el grupo; (iii) es un momento de mucho interés formativo para futuros líderes de grupo.

La reunión de grupo también es un buen momento para discutir resultados de manera informal. Es habitual que la reunión incluya una presentación corta sobre trabajo en marcha por parte de estudiantes de doctorado o postdocs, con resultados más o menos en crudo. Es importante que este momento sea de ayuda para el investigador que presenta, para mejorar su trabajo, avanzar en la interpretación de sus resultados, en la planificación de experimentos futuros, etc., pero que cuando se destaquen errores sea siempre para proponer y discutir soluciones. El propio IP o alguien en el grupo debe encargarse de organizar la rota de presentaciones. Puede ser una buena norma que cuando alguien se incorpora al grupo, o los que realizan una estancia de investigación en el grupo, realicen una presentación lo antes posible sobre su trabajo y experiencia previa. También se puede aprovechar la visita breve de otros investigadores para proponerles que hagan una presentación de su trabajo en nuestro grupo, aunque entonces debe cambiar el formato de reunión y adaptarse a una presentación algo más formal.

Otra forma interesante de presentación, que algunos grupos programan de manera independiente pero que puede ser útil para completar la rota semanal en grupos más pequeños, es un ‘journal club‘, en el que alguien presenta un artículo científico especialmente relevante para el grupo, y se discute con más o menos profundidad su utilidad, sus deficiencias, técnicas empleadas, etc. Es una buena manera también de transmitir en el grupo una rutina sistemática de lectura y análisis de artículos.

Finalmente, la reunión puede ser un buen momento para compartir información de manera eficaz sobre la propia vida de grupo. Se puede pedir opinión sobre las reuniones de grupo en si mismas, comentarios sobre procesos de laboratorio, sobre la dirección científica, cuestiones específicas del grupo, etc. Es una herramienta que depende mucho de la dinámica de cada grupo, y que hay que manejar con cuidado. Si se utiliza bien, puede ayudar mucho al IP a recoger opiniones e ideas que no llegan por otros medios. Si se prefiere que este tipo de discusión no sea en la reunión con todos los investigadores, se pueden hacer encuestas anónimas sobre la vida en el grupo. Es muy fácil hacer una encuesta en google forms para compartir como enlace en un email. Aunque haya alguna pregunta de feedback general es mejor tener una encuesta con preguntas estructuradas.

Tanto la discusión abierta como anónima a través de encuestas es una retroalimentación muy valiosa para mejorar la dirección de un grupo de investigación. Después de todo, todos tenemos siempre algo que aprender, incluso como IPs con décadas de experiencia. Aunque puede ser estresante en algunos momentos, creo que es importante seguir preguntando y revisando la cultura de nuestro laboratorio y la forma en que hacemos las cosas.

Biomedical entrepreneurship in Valencia – 1st VLC INNOSALUD event.

A remarkable event took place last Tuesday in Valencia. The two main local universities and three hospital research trusts introduced eleven selected entrepreneurship initiatives to investors. Besides the many impressive proposals and the gifted teams leading them, this first edition stood out as demonstration of the powerful outcomes of collaboration among these public institutions. For many years they have successfully encouraged and funded seed actions for inter institutional research projects. Most of the showcased companies have indeed been born at the interface of biomedical, clinical and engineering research. This history of joint promotion of research is hopefully growing into more coordinated strategies to transfer research results into innovation and as a symbiotic voice towards regional and national political decision makers.

At the event, after institutional and political speeches that were a bit dull and lacklustre, presenting entrepreneurs had around 10 minutes to talk about their plans and answer questions from investors. These are my quick notes on them, please excuse brevity and inaccuracies.

Eritrocare (Presented by Emilio Sánchez Ortiga). Microscopy tools for the diagnosis of diabetes in real time. Detection, without staining, of morphological changes in erythrocytes from a blood capillary sample, with specialised propietary hardware and software. Launching with TRL4 and plan to reach TRL9 in 3 years with an investment of 500k€.

Match Biosystems (Presented by Adrián Teruel). Rapid in vitro detection of infectious pathogens. Mesoporous material with molecular gates that match oligonucleotide chains and release staining visible with the naked eye or with fluorometry. Beachhead application for candida albicans, with a diagnostic time of less than one hour, high sensitivity and low cost. Currently in TRL6.

MetSPag (Presented by Nuria Cabedo). New therapeutic agents for metabolic syndrome. PPARs agonist molecules. Currently in TRL3. Current plan to finish the pre-clinical phase.

DuraLocK (Presented by Carles). Seal kit to treat accidental ruptures of the human dura mater membrane. Application kit and implant / resorbable PLA thread to respond to and treat on site an accidental puncture of the dura, like the ones that rarely but sometimes happen during an epidural anesthesia procedure, with potential grave complications for the patient. Currently in animal model trial (sheep).

3D Surgical Technologies (Presented by ) Prosthesis for neo vaginal surgeries custom manufactured by 3D printing. An implant (named Paciena) for women born without a vagina. Most common current surgical technique uses artisanal prostheses, not well designed and with frequent complications. Plan to finish certification and implementation of marketing channels during 2020, with a need for financing of 400k€. Product launch in 2021.

Endoscopic Smart Center (Presented by Oscar Díaz and Lucas). System for monitoring and control of homeostasis in cavities. Insufflator system for endoscopy with temperature sensors in the surgical trocars, volume of the cavity, control and recycling of the gas used, and an artificial intelligence system that uses the images in real time to help the clinical decision. Plan to move from TRL6 to TRL9 in two years including clinical trial, with a budget of a bit over € 1M.

HistShock (Presented by José Luis García Gimenez). Test for sepsis diagnosis with isotopically labeled peptides. Relies on mass spectroscopy equipments, but with critical advantages over current tests, sensitivity and speed. 4-year investment plan of 3M€, 560k€ the first two years with clear milestones.

Brain Touch (Presented by Paco Camarena). Helmet for neurological treatments. Several neurological conditions targeted, Alzheimer’s, and others. Helmet focused utrasound with propietary system of lenses, to open the blood brain barrier and allow drugs into the brain. Plan to develop prototypes, validations, and certifications during the next three years.

Smart-Sens-H2S (Presented by Pilar Campins Falcó). Colorimetric sensor for halitosis detection. Bag test for blowing, onto colorimetric sensor, and mobile app.

Imaging Biomarker Analytics (Presented by Eric Abado). Biomarkers for the early detection of breast cancer. Image analysis software, multiparameter integration. Hospital license business model.

NELA Biodynamics (Presented by José Expósito Ollero). Expandable medical devices for orthopedic and trauma surgery. Intra bone marrow hip implant with expandable polymeric materials. The NELA implant is made by drilling instead of by impact reducing bone fracture during surgery. The procedure introduces the implant with slack and then it is expanded to a tight fix adaptable to bone and patient. Plan to move from TRL 6 to TRL 9 in four years.

More about the event in this press release.

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Bases de datos de proyectos europeos

La Comisión Europea mantiene varias bases de datos online con detalles sobre proyectos Horizon 2020 y anteriores que pueden ser muy útiles para buscar nuevos socios académicos o empresariales:

Horizon 2020 Dashboard – esta es la más completa y actualizada, muy interactiva y permite exportar datos en varios formatos. Incluye datos sobre proyectos FP7 y H2020, sobre propuestas H2020, datos agregados sobre participación de países, sobre resultados de los proyectos, y más.

EU Open Data Portal (ODP) – permite descargar datos en formatos .xls y .csv, e incluye entregables de proyectos, PI en proyectos ERC e investigadores en proyectos H2020 MSCA, que no se pueden encontrar en el H2020 Dashboard.

CORDIS – además de información de programas marco anteriores (FP6, FP5, etc.), incluye una herramienta muy interesante para hacer búsquedas geográficas visualizando participantes y coordinadores en varios programas en un mapa.

Proyectos ERC – información sobre los proyectos del ERC (incluidos los nombres de los PI). A diferencia del Dashboard permite buscar proyectos por campo de investigación (paneles científicos a los que deben enviarse propuestas, como PE1 o LS5).

EASME Data Hubs – herramienta interactiva que genera información sobre prioridades temáticas (por ejemplo, eficiencia energética) en varios programas de financiación de la UE relacionados con PYMEs

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Keeping an eye on entrepreneurs

A few weeks ago the 2019 Royal Bank of Scotland Great British Entrepreneur Awards published their shortlisted finalists and I’ve been curious to check the many companies and great ideas assembled there. During the summer, googling a few every day, I started putting together the list below with website links a one line description with keywords of the companies. I’ll keep on adding as I search for more.

Entrepreneurial success is difficult to define, and to report about. News about startups rarely have in depth information about how much they invoiced, profit they made, or how many jobs they created. Rarely discuss what social need they helped answer. Many companies only made the news when receiving awards or when raising money from investors, which is a tricky measure of good future prospects for a new company.

An awards’ nominee list could be a starting resource to explore the past and present of several related startups, see if/how they survived the first months and years, how the skills of their employees and the focus of the company evolved. Apart from the company’s website, the names of the founders and leading employees can dig out a lot of information about the history and ongoing endeavours of a company, from local news, twitter, linkedIn, financial reports websites, etc.

Disruptor of the year

  • Andreas Schemm | Vreo | Branding and advertising for software and gaming applications.
  • Gillian Taylor | Marsden | Medical and industrial weighing systems.
  • Lynn White | Talent on Leave | Policies and support to employers wanting to retain talent after maternity leave.
  • Michael Roberts | Synpromics | Genomics, bioinformatics for the emerging synthetic biology industry.
  • Robin Sampson | Trade in Space | Satellite data and financial services in the agriculture trade sector.
  • Toby McCartney | MacRebur | Materials from non-recyclable waste plastic to enhance road asphalt.
  • Cas Paton | | UK online retail marketplace that connects sellers and buyers.
  • David O’Coimin | The Do Co Group | Furniture for new flexible and collaborative work styles.
  • John Fisher | Outdoorfood | Dehydrated food for outdoor sports.
  • Johnny Pearce & Tom Stringer | Oltco | Flooring non-slip solutions for homes and businesses.
  • Joshua & Nathaniel Stott | Pensionly | Pension’s app for self-employed people
  • Rob Thompson | Odyssey Innovation | Marine plastic recycled kayaks.
  • Jeanette Wong & Tom Pell | The Clean Kilo | Zero-waste supermarket / shop.
  • Paul Morris | Addmaster | Additives for the plastics, paper, textile, paints and coatings industries.
  • Russell Watkins | Sempai |Lean management and training tool and consultancy for manufacturers.
  • Sophie Thompson & Dominic Barnard | VirtualSpeech | Virtual reality for soft skills training.
  • Steven Williams | Drop Studio | Crowdfunding marketing and campaigns.
  • Stuart Anderson | eTravelSafety | Travel safety apps.
  • Stuart Mackintosh | OpusVL | Software consultancy.
  • Waqar Shah | Supermeal | online food ordering service and market place,
  • Chris Reed | ProxiSmart |Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for offline businesses.
  • Isabelle West | Hirestreet | High street outfit rental service.
  • Joanne Miller & Matthew Rees | The Wandering Dog | Fresh food for dogs.
  • Jonathan O’Halloran & Elaine Warburton | QuantuMDx Group | Tools and equipment for molecular diagnostics, fast analysis of biological markers in the genome and proteome.
  • Ryan Mottershead | Veritent | Automatic tracking of images used in the internet, for strategic, marketing, and legal decisions.
  • John Noone & John McColgan | Joule Group | Fire safety engineering and services for construction projects.
  • Michael Heaslip | Food Stories | Marketing of food brands.
  • Scott Riley | Causeway Living | Nature, fitness, wellbeing experiences.
  • Stephen Rice & Rowena Timms | Upskill Enterprise | Software for workforce talent and skills management.
  • Chris Nriapia & Lee Fella | Sentrysis | Software for crime reporting and monitoring.
  • Jordan Appleson | Hark | Monitoring sensors and software for industry.1
  • Mark Roberts | Beer Hawk | Craft beer online shop.
  • Martyn Gould | yboo | App that compares phone contracts and SIM-only deals from UK operators.
  • Matt Newing | Elite Group | Business communications and IT Services Provider and consultancy.
  • Somayeh Taheri | UrbanChain | Blockchain and artificial intelligence to directly connect consumers with energy providers and generators in the wholesale market.
  • Daniel Shellard, Ian McCaig & Sammi Adhami | Fiit | Fitness app with videos.
  • David McLagan | Ecoffee Cup | Reusable coffee cups.
  • Hayden Wood & Amit Gudka | Bulb Energy | Energy supplier of green and cheap energy.
  • Laurence Kemball-Cook | Pavegen | Pavement system that generates electricity.
  • Steven Callanan | WIREWAX | Video creation service with interactive features.
  • Steve Moore & Paul Barham | Flight Club Darts | Venues with organised social events with games and drinks.
  • Stuart McClure, David Bishop & Mark Solomon | | Shopping portal for sale and discount products.
  • Tugce Bulut | Streetbees | Market research, opinion polls consultancy.
  • Alison Ettridge | Talent Intuition | Software for business data analysis and intelligence.
  • Daniel Jefferys | Resooma | Shared accommodation portal, for students and other.
  • Debbie Garside | GeoLang | Software for enterprise security and data protection.
  • Gareth Tyler | Mogel | Property search engine and marketplace.
  • Lucy Cohen & Sophie Hughes | Mazuma | Finance and tax management for SMEs.
  • Marc Castro | Datalyse Group | Telemarketing and call centre software.

Health & beauty entrepreneur of the year

  • Chris Niven | TrueVit Naturals | Online shop of nutrition and health supplements.
  • Dianne Teo | T30 Fitness Training | Provider of fitness training instructors.
  • Kate Stott | BeautyBooker | beauty app will allow users to easily book appointments with multiple salons across the city.
  • Melanie Blane | White Rabbit Skincare | Plant based only skincare products.
  • Sara Roberts | Healthy Nibbles | Healthy snacks, vending, wholesale and online shop.
  • Tammy Koslowski | NAF! Stuff | Products for nail care.
  • Gail Francombe & Gareth Despres | School of Natural Skincare | Online skincare school.
  • Iona Smith | New Life Classes | Antenatal classes taught by midwives in UK locations and online shop.
  • Katherine Senior | EcoStardust | Biodegradable glitter, reseller of bioglitter.
  • Krista Taylor | Scence | Plant based only skincare products.
  • Lorraine Dallmeier | Formula Botanica | Online skincare school.
  • Tom Anderson-Dixon | Squash Stix | Single portions of squash drinks.
  • Amanda Crofts | Move with Mumma | Fitness services for moms and babies.
  • Anita Hill | Comfyse | Cushion designed for expectant moms and new moms.
  • Jack Gibson | Fitness Worx |Gyms and personal training.
  • Kameese Davis | Nylah | Hair care products with natural and safe ingredients.
  • Kate & Tracey Redmond | Style Coaching Institute | Training and courses for image consultants and personal stylists.
  • Louise White | Body Lip Lincoln | Body liposuction center, non-invasive fat reduction and skin treatments.
  • Maxine Laceby | Absolute Collagen | Collagen food supplements.
  • Natasha Ryan | Trimz & Tantrumz | Children hair saloon.
  • Charlotte Bailey & Sean Ali | Super U | Foods with health benefits, vegan-friendly, organic and gluten-free.
  • John Grumitt & Professor Mike Trenell | Changing Health | Software and apps for management and prevention of type 2 diabetes.
  • Jonathan & Antonia Philp | Better Health | Skincare products developed with nurses to help combat the effects of relentless hand-washing.
  • Megan Patrick | Brow Wow Bar | Specialist brow & beauty bar, several locations.
  • Nicola Wood | Kitui Hair Design | Hair saloon in Sunderland.
  • Conleth McAlinden | Kaizen Strength Training Gym | Gym
  • Lee Havern | Platinum Training Institute | Fitness and physical rehabilitation courses.
  • Oliver Jowett | Project 168 | Charity workout event to raise money for people suffering with brain tumours.
  • Scott Riley | Causeway Living | Nature, fitness, wellbeing experiences.
  • Ailish Lucas | The Glow Getter | Courses and consultancy on skin care and beauty products.
  • Christopher Haddon | Take A Breather UK | Reflexology, massage and wellness business in a boat.
  • Kal Bulbul | R10 Labs Skincare | Men skin care and shaving products.
  • Rob McGuigan | Firehouse Fitness | Gym and personal training.
  • Robert Hughes | Pivotal Drinks | Drinks in the nutri-cosmetic sector.
  • Sarwat Jaleel | Kushboo Soaps | hand-crafted soap
  • Alex Doyle | Altr |
  • Charlotte Tilbury MBE | Charlotte Tilbury Beauty |
  • Dom De Vetta | Shay & Blue |
  • Jack Nicoll | Cel |
  • Jade Elliott | Iconic London |
  • Julia Yule & Christina Moss | Bloom & Blossom |
  • Stephanie Eltz | Doctify
  • Stephanie Newport-Booth | GoSweat

Entrepreneur for good award

  • Callum MacKinnon | bOunceT Innovative Occupational Therapy CIC | Rebound therapy service for children and adults with a range of physical and cognitive disabilities.
  • Catriona Mann | Bplasticfree | A reusable, biodegradable alternative to cling wrap.
  • Celia Hodson | Hey Girls |Period products for girls that can’t afford them.
  • David Gibson | Fares4Free | Charity that provides free taxi rides for military veterans needing essential travel.
  • Dr Mick Jackson | The WildHearts Group |Portfolio of companies that create global social change: addressing social mobility in the UK, equipping young people with key development and employability skills, addressing gender inequality in the developing world.
  • Jeremie Warner | Power a Life | Phone chargers and power banks. For every sell they gift a free solar light to a child in a developing country.
  • Kristan & Jesse Papirio | Rise Nutrition | Personalized nutrition plans for each individual in a sports professional team.
  • Sara Hawkins | Projekt 42 | Gym with life coaching and mental health services.
  • Eoin Sharkey | The BioFactory | Sanitation solutions for use in refugee camps and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. An all-in-one latrine and waste processing plant that utilises biodigestion to convert human waste into cooking fuel and soil conditioner.
  • Harry Dennis | Waterhaul | Sunglasses made from discarded fishing nets.
  • Jen Baughan | Solutions for the Planet |Educational programmes for young people to foster innovative, sustainable and entrepreneurial solutions to environmental and societal problems.
  • Josh Wintersgill | Able Move | Equipment and solutions for wheelchair transfer in aeroplanes / aviation industry.
  • Joshua Stunell | bthechange CIC | Support for first time offenders.
  • Susan Macdonald | Global Bright Futures | Sustainability consultants, working with companies to build sustainable supply chains and businesses.
  • Alexander Seery | Shifts to Success | Business accelerator for police officers.
  • Dr Asha Patel | Innovating Minds CIC | Mental health support for schools.
  • Guy Schanschieff | Bambino Mio | Reusable nappies and accessories.
  • Mac Alonge | The Equal Group | Support for industry to implement diversity and inclusion solutions.
  • Rebecca Gill | VR Therapies | VR therapies for kids with special needs and adults with disabilities, support through chemotherapy or physiotherapy, to improve social and behavioural difficulties in autism, to reduce levels of pain, stress, depression and anxiety.
  • Sophia Ferguson | Little Fox Clothing | Design and manufacture hand crafted, bespoke baby carriers and children’s wear. Parent brand of Tickle Tots reusable nappies and baby accessories.
  • Wendy Tarplee-Morris & Simon Tarplee | The Little Princess Trust | Real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions.
  • Claire Goodliff | Community Fitness Network | Fitness programmes for communities. Promotion of exercise for seniors.
  • Marc Fenwick | Fundr |Crowdfunding platform for projects with local and social focus.
  • Nicola Wood | The Wonderful Wig Company | Hair-loss service.
  • Pauline Grant | Smell the Roses | Retreat days for people who care about, have or work with children with additional needs.
  • Ruth Oldfield | Coffee & Kin | Speciality coffee.
  • Dave Linton | Madlug | Backpack / bags that cover the cost of a free bag for a child in care.
  • Leigh Carey | The Hummingbird Project CIC | Mental health support and activities to a range of communities such as youth, the unemployed, professional staff and older people.
  • Oliver Jowett | Project 168 |
  • Scott Riley | Causeway Living | Nature, fitness, wellbeing experiences.
  • Beckie Morley | Musical Moments | Stimulating and interactive musical activities for care homes.
  • Beth Noy | Plastic Freedom | Online shop for plastic-free products.
  • Christina Colmer McHugh & Jonathan Elvidge | Moodbeam | Bracelet / wrist watch that improves mood.
  • Emma McClelland | Kintsugi Clothing | Clothing for the disabled community.
  • Francesca Hodgson & Andrew O’Brien | GoodBox | Cashless technologies to connect donors and causes.
  • Helen Bryce | Guilty Mothers Club | Courses and community for working mothers.
  • Lynn & Richard Bye | Fat Lad At The Back | Cycling gear in bigger sizes.
  • Matt Latham & Tom McGillycuddy | tickr | Fintech, social impact investment platform / app.
  • Alex Stephany | Beam | Online platform that crowdfunds employment training for homeless people.
  • Jamie Crummie | Too Good To Go | Food sharing app which sells food going out of date at a reduced price.
  • Jo Tutchener-Sharp | Scamp & Dude | Clothing for kids and grown ups.
  • Joel Remy Parkes | Bamboo Bamboo | Bamboo products for kids.
  • John Pritchard | Pala Eyewear | Sunglasses. For every pair of sunglasses sold, we give back to eye-care programmes in Africa by providing grants to vision centres, dispensaries and screening.
  • Julie Chen | The Cheeky Panda | Sustainable tissues and wipes made from virgin bamboo.
  • Peter Ackred | Disability Sports Coach | Charity that provide award-winning sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people.
  • Stephen Addison | Box Up Crime | Work with young people at risk of having their lives ruined by crime and motivate them to rebuild and recapture their dreams and aspirations.
  • Beth Cosmos | Billygoats&Raincoats | Rain wear from recycled tent materials.
  • Lynn McFarlane | DRESD | Recycled set materials for the TV and film industries.
  • Matt Callanan | We Make Film Happen | Video production agency. Work in partnership with kindness project We Make Good Happen.
  • Ranjit Ghoshal | One Million Steps | Web/Mobile App integrating health challenges with fundraising to drive social impact and change.
  • Rob Oyston | Mobi-Game |
  • Si Martin & Hannah Morgan | Heads Above The Waves | not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people.
  • Sophie Rae | Ripple | Zero-waste shop, selling bulk wholefoods by weight.
  • Vicki Roskams | Enbarr Foundation CIC | Recruitment and training agency supporting vulnerable and long term unemployed.

Entrepreneurial spirit award

  • Alena Rogozhkina | Sonas-Behavioural Science
  • Ally Houston | Paleo Canteen
  • Amanda Gillard | Adopt an AED
  • Claire Adams | Claire Adams Total Health
  • Clemence Cocquet | Scapa Fest
  • Francisco Carreno | Loch Electronics
  • Karis Gill & Aayush Goyal | Kaleidosocial Enterprises
  • Lynne Munro | CalEli Gifts
  • Andrew Cross | Earth Friendly Foodware
  • Katie Davis & Justina Perkins | Habox
  • Mark Callaghan | British Corner Shop
  • Philip Everett-Lyons | Hattiers Rum
  • Rose Unwin | Silver Swift Drinks
  • Stephanie Wheen | Gympanzees
  • Anthony Davis | The Original Patty Company
  • Derry Holt | OneUp Sales
  • Gurjinder Singh | The Car Spa Team
  • Jo Stroud | Fabulous Collections
  • Jo-Anne Shellum | Sociability Care CIC
  • Lucy Seeley | Equihandee
  • Rebecca Gill | VR Therapies
  • Simon Washbrook | popcorn
  • Ami Davies | Brand Ami
  • David Robinson | Robinson of England
  • Gail Curry | Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC
  • James Rutherford | Kick Cards
  • Mick Armstrong | SeaPigs
  • Tamma Carel | Imvelo
  • Adam Ewart | Send My Bag
  • Claire Loftus | EVOLVE
  • Katie Matthews | The Mind Tribue UK
  • Mark McGillion | Triex
  • Michael Heaslip | Food Stories
  • Cheryl Chan | Books About Who
  • Delight Mapasure | K’s Wors
  • Karl & Cathy Mason | Masons Yorkshire Gin
  • Mark Robinson | Just Strong
  • Melanie Parker | Graft
  • Naomi Mwasambili | Chanua
  • Nathaniel Birkett | The Swim Specialist
  • Sean Ramsden | Ramsden International
  • Ayush Sanghavi | AYUSH Apps
  • Gian Power | TLC Lions
  • Helen Burgess | Little Cooks Co
  • Jack Lennard | Quidditch Premier League
  • Jonny Plein | Pouch
  • Julia Jones | Found in Music
  • Mara Lagonigro & Paul Scott | Blush and Gold
  • Marie Farmer | Mini Mealtimes
  • Alan Pearce | BLUES MATTERS!
  • Chloe & Jeff Smith | Bigmoose Coffee Co
  • Daniel Shepherd | CanDo Laundry Services
  • Greg Jones | Greg Jones Personal Trainer
  • Marsha Ward | The Number Hub
  • Melissa Selmin | Melissa Selmin

Entrepreneur’s team of the year

  • Andrew Clayton | Essential Training
  • Dan McIvor | Swanky
  • Dylan Watkins | Poppy’s Picnic
  • George Hart & William Goodhew | Tobooka
  • Richard Godfrey & Keith Walker | Rocketmakers
  • Rin Hamburgh | Rin Hamburgh & Co
  • Adam Chandler | Reel Film Media
  • Ben Naylor | Jack Badger
  • Jordan Appleson | Hark
  • William Doyle | Raildiary
  • Alex McPherson & David Farquharson | Ignition Law
  • Danny Brooks | VHR
  • Dominic Ponniah | Cleanology
  • John Munn | Global Digital Week CIC
  • Joseph Munns | Bakedin
  • Mini Vohra | Cornucopia Events
  • Thang Vo-Ta | Callaly
  • Tina Euri | Moving Waves
  • Alex Parr | Wolfestone
  • Debbie Garside | GeoLang
  • Faith Olding & Lee Powell | Apollo Teaching Services
  • Jack James | Pontus Research
  • Leigh Thomas | Alliance Media Group
  • Matt Jones | S3 Advertising

Family business entrepreneur of the year

  • Calum McRae | Marzipan Media
  • David & Lou Rundle | Blue Star St Andrews
  • James & Enas Fleming | The Power Within Training & Development
  • Margaret & Stuart Webster | HungTen
  • Paul & Charlene Costello | Upload Abode
  • Steven McGuire | The Fresh Fruit Shop
  • Amy & Angela Gilbert | My Sewing Box
  • Bethan & Joe John | The British Blanket Company
  • Gail Francombe & Gareth Despres | School of Natural Skincare
  • Jo & Pete Cranston | Queen and Whippet Catering
  • Nathalie & Nicolas Alpi | CookiesHQ
  • Nick & Jo James | Bedfolk
  • Adam & Kim Burrage | Trident
  • Charlotte Russell | Pawprint Badges
  • Cleo Morris | MyDine
  • David Hallam | OrderWise
  • Estelle Keeber & Leona Burton | Mums in Business Association
  • Gill & Will Sherwin | Best of British Beer
  • Heather & Sebastian Horton | Ecrubox Digital
  • Sunny Mudhar | Family Secret
  • Ben & Mat Lyon | Lyon & Lyon
  • David & Hani Fashhou | 247 Enterprises
  • Edward Sexton | Glencroft
  • George Heler | Joseph Heler
  • Joe & Carly Taylor | Real Handful
  • Rosie Knight and Louise, Andrew & Jack Coulbeck | JCS Fish
  • Simon & Miranda Gregory | GPS Return
  • Tim Mason | WRS Solutions
  • Adam & Victoria Cozens | Perky Blenders
  • Gary & Alan Keery | Cereal Killer Cafe
  • Jerry & Shelley Lawson | Frog Bikes
  • Luke & Lisa Scott | Huski Home
  • Adam Holmes and Marcus, Luke & Hugo Ellingham | Brother Film Co
  • Olivia & Helen Collins | myza
  • Rupesh & Alex Thomas | Tuk Tuk Chai
  • Vivien & Howard Wong | Little Moons
  • Alex Lovén | Net World Sports
  • Chloe & Jeff Smith | Bigmoose Coffee Co
  • Faith Olding & Lee Powell | Apollo Teaching Services
  • Marcus Gough Jones & Cory Jones | The Disabled Reviewers
  • Mark, Sarah & Stephanie Harris | Pembrokeshire Wake Park
  • Natasha Louca-Jones & Adam Jones | Invncbl
  • Peter Webber | CellPath
  • Phillip & Mark Skinner | Ron Skinner & Sons

Creative industries entrepreneur of the year

  • Barbra Kolasinski | Barbra Kolasinski
  • Gerard Mckenzie-Govan | The Blankfaces
  • Hamish Menzies | Rocio UK
  • Marie Owen | LS Productions
  • Pete Martin | Always Be Content
  • Pooja Katara | SENSEcity
  • Caroline Norbury MBE | Creative England
  • Emily Smith | Emily Smith Ltd
  • Guy Procter | Engagement Cam
  • Katherine George | Oh So Social
  • Keri Andriana | Amschela
  • Olivia Tripp | Wekeend:IN
  • Clare Villar | Clare Villar Military Art
  • Ed Hollands | DrivenMedia
  • Elliott Johns | First Reunion Media
  • Janet Gray | Feed My Creative CIC
  • Nicki Capewell | Pedddle
  • Nikki Millar | Silly Girl Club
  • Sarah Field | Peach Wolfe Paper Co.
  • Surlender Pendress | Love Writing
  • Dominic Lusardi & Samuel Harris | Animmersion UK
  • Ellen Hedley & Henry Coggin | Vida Creative
  • Louisa Rogers | Trendlistr
  • Mandy Barker | Sail Creative
  • Sara Davies MBE | Crafter’s Companion
  • Ashleigh Watson | Copper Square Communications
  • Dani McFerran | Done and Dusted Design
  • Lucy Wallace | in klöver
  • Niamh Taylor | Digital 24
  • Ruth McEwan-Lyon | NI Silver
  • Ben Naylor | Jack Badger
  • Josh Gudgeon | Get Your Media
  • Laura Bartlett | House of Coco
  • Megan Jones | Curated Makers
  • Oliver Miller & Conor Povall | Kelham Island Concrete
  • Tim Hyde | TWH Media
  • Cass & Nick Horowitz and Faraz Aghaei | The Clerkenwell Brothers
  • Clare Harris | Talking Tables
  • Dominic Davis & James Milligan | Backyard Cinema
  • Josh Wilson | Wilson Worldwide Productions
  • Rachel Pendered | Media Zoo
  • Steve Evans | Natives
  • Tersha Willis | Terrible Merch
  • Will Chapman, Matt Martin & Ed Lewis-Pratt | Dinoski
  • Cath Jones | Sadler Jones
  • Darren Crockett | Do Digital Agency
  • David Banner & Richard Pring | Wales Interactive
  • Dr Tyra Oseng-Rees | Oseng-Rees Reflection
  • Jessica Morgan | Jessica Draws
  • Jordan Day-Williams & Dean Richards | C.O.B.R.A. Music

Food & drink entrepreneur of the year

  • Andrew Ligertwood | Drink Better
  • Martha Mackenzie & Petra Wetzel | Seltza
  • Michael Ballantyne | UWA Tequila
  • Rachel Morgan | Twelve Triangles
  • Ross Mackay | DARING FOODS
  • Vandana Vijay & Dhruv Trivedi | Bounce Back Drinks
  • Cecily Mills | Coconuts Organic
  • Edward Lofthouse | Harbour Brewing Co.
  • Lee Peacock | CUPP
  • Nick Bildner, Ben Lewis & Simon Ashburner | Pulsin
  • Paul Rostand | The Great British Biscotti Co
  • Tom Honey | Stoned
  • Bruce & Paramjit Nagra | Crazy Gin
  • Geeta & Reena Salhan | Green Sisters
  • Katherine Jenner | Burning Barn
  • Noah Geeves & Harry Stimpson | LIC Frozen Cocktails
  • Stefania Pellegrino | Purely Plantain Chips
  • Steve Perez | Global Brands
  • Tom Walker & Gaz Booth | Holy Moly Dips
  • Wendy Wilson Bett & Ian Tencor | Peter’s Yard
  • Alyson Archer | Simply Cheesecake
  • Carly Morgan | The Shire Bakery
  • Charlie Gibbs | Steampunk Spirits
  • Niall & Vicky McKay-Mount | Screaming Chimp Chili Sauce
  • Carol Banahan | Carol’s Stock Market
  • Michael Heaslip | Food Stories
  • Michele Shirlow | FoodNI
  • Noel Allen | Noisy Snacks
  • Tricia McNeilly | Otzibrew
  • Claire Harper | Muscle Moose
  • Dirk Mischendahl & Josh Lee | Northern Bloc Ice Cream
  • Edmund Wood | Cartmel Spirit Company
  • Lawrence Hill | Plant Power
  • Liam Manton & Mark Smallwood | Didsbury Gin
  • Maria & Mark Whitehead | Hawkshead Relish Company
  • Matt Farrell & John Ennis | Graffiti Spirits Group
  • Zach Pinfold | SODADA Kombucha
  • Alessandro Savelli | Pasta Evangelists
  • Charlie Bigham | Charlie Bigham’s
  • Jenny Costa | Rubies In The Rubble
  • Kevin & Kellie Bath | JimJams
  • Nick Coleman | Snaffling Pig
  • Olivia Wollenberg | Livia’s
  • Rachel Hugh & Neil Potts | The Vurger Co
  • Raissa & Joyce De Haas | Double Dutch Drinks
  • Cathy Harding | Cook Stars
  • Charlotte Williams | Lily’s Bake Box
  • Richard Pollentine | Sober Drinks
  • Sarah John & Roy Allkin | Boss Brewing Company
  • Sophie Tumelty & Lisandros Hajigeorgis | Meat And Greek
  • Tim Corrigan | milk&sugar

Scale-up entrepreneur of the year

  • Andrew Duncan | Soar
  • Mark Robinson | deltaDNA
  • Scott Weir | Pillow Property Partners
  • Andrew Clayton | Essential Training
  • James Hadley | Immersive Labs
  • Liam James & Matt Green | The iOutlet
  • Lorraine Dallmeier | Formula Botanica
  • Paul Wenham | Geometric Manufacturing
  • Richard Godfrey | Rocketmakers
  • Amelia Gillespie | ClubsComplete
  • Mike Harris | SiFi Networks
  • Steve Perez | Global Brands
  • Theo Millward | Swimtime
  • Wendy Shand | TotsToTravel
  • Fokhrul Islam | Northern Gas and Power
  • Jonathan Grubin | SoPost
  • Josh Gill | Everflow Group
  • Sarat Pediredla | Hedgehog Lab
  • Steven Rawlingson | Samuel Knight International
  • Charlotte Smith & William Vaughan | Bluefin Trading
  • David & John Barton | Quick Reach Powered Access
  • Gary Gallen | rradar
  • Jack Malin | Membr
  • Jamil Mawji & Faisal Lalani | National Care Group
  • Martin Port | BigChange
  • Ammad Ahmad | Atheneum
  • Avin Rabheru | Housekeep
  • Ben Jeffries | Influencer
  • Jonny Sitton & Daniel Price | My 1st Years
  • Markus Stripf, Tim Allen & Simon O’Regan | Spoon Guru
  • Paul Sulyok | Green Man Gaming
  • Priya Lakhani OBE | CENTURY Tech
  • Stephen Bourke | Echo Pharmacy
  • Alex Lovén | Net World Sports
  • Ieuan Rosser | Freight Logistics Solutions
  • Phillip & Mark Skinner | Ron Skinner & Sons
  • Rakesh Aggarwal |

Service industries entrepreneur of the year

  • Jack Francis | Pogo Studio
  • John Gordon | Incentive Games
  • Kieran Coyle | Premiership Experiences
  • Laura Chapman | Chapmans
  • Nick Findlay | City Room Rentals
  • Oliver Tidman | Tidman Legal
  • Callum Jenkins | ESNO Media
  • Helen Tanner | Data Cubed
  • Mick Lindsay | Mocean
  • Nicholas Brown & Philip Pearce | Accelerate Agency
  • Samantha Charles | Float Digital
  • Steve Witt & Paul Harrison | Not Just Travel
  • Abid Khan | Riverdale Insurance
  • Amrit Sandhar | The Engagement Coach
  • Craig McVoy | Beyond Brand
  • Peter Brodnicki | Mortgage Advice Bureau
  • Reiss Roberts | First Active 365
  • Stuart Anderson | eTravelSafety
  • Suzanne Burnell | Accelerated Success
  • Wendy Shand | TotsToTravel
  • Cathi Harrison | The Verve Group
  • Josh Gill | Everflow Group
  • Louise Burns | Nineteen Recruitment
  • Stephen Mallam | OnePoint Systems
  • Steven Rawlingson | Samuel Knight International
  • Daniel McGlade | Oroson
  • James Gumble & Matt Barnes | Xpand Group
  • John Harkin | Alchemy Technology Services
  • John Lorimer | FCS Services
  • Sinead Sharkey-Steenson | Generation Women
  • David Fidler | Front Row Music
  • Gary Tyne | Pro-Reliability Solutions
  • Jeremy Terry | Meesons A.I.
  • Lee Ali | Expo Stars Interactive
  • Marcus & Sam Naidoo | Shop Local Club Card
  • Michael Asher & Anthea Morris | Better2Know
  • Phil Eckersley | Bridgewater Home Care
  • Tom Pickersgill, James Doyle & Nick Groves | Broadstone
  • Alexander Limpert | GuestReady
  • Ashley Lawrence & Ben Adams & Trinnovo Group
  • Ben Prouty & Jan Vanhoutte | Shepper
  • Clare Henson-Bowen | Bespoke Wellbeing
  • Electra Japonas | The Law Boutique
  • Jean-Henri Beukes | Ecocleen Services
  • Matthew Connelly | ihateironing
  • Ranzie Anthony | Athlon
  • Andrea Callanan | Inspire Me
  • Craig Palfrey | Penguin Wealth
  • Dayne Hodgson | RedKnight Consultancy
  • Guy Last | Guy Last Recruitment
  • Lucy Cohen & Sophie Hughes | Mazuma
  • Nick Proctor | Amber Enterprises Group
  • Rob Dance | ROCK
  • Simon Bishop & Heather Morris | SHFoodie

Small business entrepreneur of the year

  • Andrew Bone | Airts
  • Emma Russell | pplrstrange
  • Grant Cardwell & Tracy Scott | XEYEX
  • Kristen & Ross Hunter | Whisky Framers
  • Laura Rennie | Arena HR
  • Scott Weir | Pillow Property Partners
  • Bethan & Joe John | The British Blanket Company
  • Grantley Rogers | 3P Enterprise
  • Liam James & Matt Green | The iOutlet
  • Paul Wright | Multibox
  • Rebecca Linnel | The Country Dog Hotel
  • Zac Cosgrove & Luke Draw | Cosgrove & Drew Engineering Services
  • Javan Bramhall | Digital Glue
  • Katie Clunn | Jiggy Wrigglers Franchise
  • Michael Dorsch | FIFO Wireless UK
  • Paul Bresnihan | Growth Partners
  • Stephanie Bennett & Lyndsey Hellyn | The Curiosity Approach
  • Tim Rookes & Neil Shaw | True MSP
  • Veejay Lingiah | Learning Labs
  • Yvonne Gorman | Essential Print Services
  • Brian Palmer | Cello Electronics
  • Craig Smith | The Printed Bag Shop
  • Laura Rothwell | Crystallised
  • Melanie & Frank Taal | TAALCO
  • Sophie Miliken | Smart Resourcing Solutions
  • Steven Katirai | ProForecast
  • Ashleigh Watson | Copper Square Communications
  • Niamh Taylor | Digital 24
  • Ryan Farren | BPMBuild
  • Thomas Glackin & Paul Nesbitt | Linenbundle
  • Tricia McNeilly | Otzibrew
  • Ade Molajo | CompareChecker
  • Daniel Owen | The Armstrong Partnership
  • Howard Carter | The Smokey Carter
  • Louis James Davis | VST Enterprises
  • Nathan Alexander | BODA SKINS
  • Nigel Barraclough | Qualsafe Group
  • Sarah Turner | Little Beau Sheep
  • William Forshaw | Maxwell-Scott
  • Damien Lee | Mr Lee’s Pure Foods Co
  • Dr Emer MacSweeney | Re:Cognition Health
  • Eloise Frank & Adam Chaudhri | The Big London Bake
  • Emma Sayle | Killing Kittens
  • Joloyn Bennett | Juice UK
  • Lily Simpson | Detox Kitchen
  • Max Henderson & Nick Higgins | Hotpod Yoga
  • Nicola Skowronek | Sheepers
  • Ali Al-Mufti | Arcadia Care Homes
  • Nigel Saunders | Sure Chill
  • Ollie Noakes | Boulders
  • Peter Ibbetson & Gemma Guise | JournoLink
  • Sarah Callaway & Michael Pitman | House of Callaway
  • Stephen Wornham & Carol Gillanders | Road Safety Designs

Start-up entrepreneur of the year

  • Brigitte Read | Snag Tights
  • Debbie Wake | MyWay Digital Health
  • Imogen Russon-Taylor | Kingdom Scotland
  • Michael Carr | GoRoadie
  • Sarah Downs & Yekemi Otaru | Doqaru
  • Volodymyr Levykin | Skyora
  • Alexander Young | Virti
  • Frances Lucraft | Grace & Green
  • Georgia Stewart | Tumelo
  • Harry Dennis | Waterhaul
  • Iain McFarnon | Socialight
  • Nathan McGurl | The Study Buddy
  • Amy Dixon |
  • Dominic Portman | DAPV
  • Felicity Cooper | Tatty Head
  • John Rosie | VetCare@Home
  • Joseph Housley & Connor Watt | Narce Media
  • Leo Scott Smith | Tended
  • Neera Sharma | Gifts for Little Hands
  • Sean Mason & Mark Green | Two Farmers Crisps
  • Carly Morgan | The Shire Bakery
  • Charlotte Bailey & Sean Ali | Super U
  • David Copple | Shine Interview
  • Joanne Miller & Matthew Rees | The Wandering Dog
  • Nick Danks | Madhouse Media
  • Sohrab Vazir | Interhousing
  • Daniel McGlade | Oroson
  • John Harkin | Alchemy Technology Services
  • Louise Houliston | Ninjadry
  • Mark Lilley & Richard McKnight | Groundswell
  • Peter McCaul | Péarlaí
  • Chris Renwick & Lucy Greenwood | Lucy and Yak
  • Gary Woodhead | CurveBlock
  • Heidi Adamson | The Last Staw
  • Michal Szlas | OTTY Sleep
  • Miriam Oldershaw | TubieeGo
  • Paul Austin | Heard
  • Richard Lang | Spok’d
  • Sean Brown | Mercarto
  • Ari Peralta & Ramy Elnagar | Arigami
  • Colleen Wong | Techsixtyfour
  • Digby Volrath & Hugo Campbell | Feast It
  • Elizabeth Tweedale | Cypher
  • Ishaan Malhi | Trussle
  • Myles Hopper, Giles Humphries & Robert Grieg-Gran | Mindful Chef
  • Nick Bennett & Gareth Fryer | Fika
  • Tom Gatzen & Rob Imonikhe | Ideal Flat Mate
  • Abigail Dymmock & Sophie Brown | Jack and Amelie
  • Dan Swygart | Alpacr
  • Gareth Jones & Mandy Weston | Town Square Spaces
  • James Chiffi | Beyond the White Line
  • Kelly Campbell & Sarah Symonds | Cardiff Pottery Workshops Foundation
  • Louis Halton Davies | Web Marketer
  • Malcolm Sloan | Sports Injury Fix
  • Toby Townrow, John Young & Clayton Earney | Drone Evolution

Young entrepreneur of the year

  • Carmen Cummiskey | FOMO
  • Evangelos Pappas | Ocyan
  • Fraser McIntyre | The Biscuit Baron
  • Helen Stewart | Badvo Distillery
  • Olivia Conlon | ThePropertyStagers
  • Yanik Nyberg | Seawater Solutions
  • George Howell | Ideal First Car
  • Josh Wintersgill | Able Move
  • Katherine George | Oh So Social
  • Tom Honey | Stoned
  • Tom Woollard | Bunk
  • Tommy Howard | Dog In A Box
  • Alex Archibald & Bethany Tomlinson | LYFBAR
  • Alexander Seery | Shifts to Success
  • Elliott Lancaster | Utter Rubbish
  • James Byrne | AccoutancyManager
  • Leo Scott Smith | Tended
  • Peter Watson | Distract
  • Samuel Leeds | Property Investors
  • Sophie Thompson & Dominic Barnard | VirtualSpeech
  • Ellen Hedley & Henry Coggin | Vida Creative
  • Isabella West | Hirestreet
  • Jonathan Grubin | SoPost
  • Jordan McCabe | Aztec Diamond Equestrian
  • Louisa Rogers | Trendlistr
  • Rachel Fay | Little Learners
  • Conleth McAlinden | Kaizen Strength Training Gym
  • Joshua Neilly | Fat Fish Marketing
  • Katie Matthews | MindTribe UK
  • Mark McGillion | Triex
  • Stephen Haughey | Ireland Before You Die
  • Adam Chandler | Reel Film Media
  • Charlotte Smith & William Vaughan | Bluefin Trading
  • Emma Powell | Epiony
  • Joseph Black & Oliver Jacobs | UniDosh
  • Josh Turner | Stand4Socks
  • Lucy Arnold | Lucy Locket Loves
  • Michael Johnston | Fed Enterprise
  • Ross Davies | Grown Urban
  • Frankie Thorogood | Thorogood Sports
  • George Sullivan | The Sole Supplier
  • Grace Beverley | TALA and B_ND
  • Harry Hugo | The Goat Agency
  • Kai Feller |
  • Peter Ramsey | Movem
  • Ross Testa | Yakety Yak
  • Sophie Lavabre Barrow | KINN Living
  • Alice Ojeda | Authentic House
  • Callum Griffiths | Clydach Farm Group
  • Carly Thompsett | Anaphase Store
  • Charlotte Wood | Charlotte Wood Design
  • Daniel Huxtable | Fightwear Store UK
  • Giorgia Rescigno | Letzshare
  • Jemima Letts | Tree Sparks
  • Joseph Ward | Smallspark Space Systems

Para copiar en España: programa de Wellcome Trust de reintegración en la carrera investigadora

Wellcome Trust tiene ahora abierto un nuevo programa – las Research Career Re-entry Fellowships – para investigadores que buscan retomar su carrera científica después de al menos dos años de pausa. Estas fellowships hacen posible desarrollar un proyecto de investigación de hasta cuatro años después de un tiempo largo fuera del sistema académico. Por desgracia Wellcome Trust solo financia organizaciones en el Reino Unido y en Irlanda.

Conseguir financiación para volver a la competitiva investigación académica después de unos años ‘desconectado’, sin publicaciones, puede ser casi imposible en el Reino Unido o en España. El camino profesional de muchos investigadores con talento puede verse cerrado para siempre al formar una familia, al atender a un familiar enfermo o al aceptar un puesto en la industria durante unos años, y sería buena idea que el sistema reconociera está realidad.

Estas fellowships de Wellcome permiten incluso planear un retorno a tiempo parcial, cubren salario y suplementos además de gastos de investigación, y no ponen un límite a la duración de la pausa en la carrera investigadora, pueden haber sido diez años o más.

Este programa pionero debería ser copiado y extendido en programas de I+D con financiación pública, adaptado en cada país conforme a las circunstancias locales, aunque solo pequeños detalles quizás necesiten adaptación. Las dificultades de la carrera investigadora son similares en casi todas partes lamentablemente en cuanto a las posibilidades de reintegración una vez se ha salido de ella.