Researchers venture into Dragons' Den

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University of Nottingham researchers with a new product or service will be given advice on how to pitch their ideas by one of the BBC’s online Dragons on Thursday October 15 2009. They could also win a £40,000 business plan to support their venture.


Julie Meyer, one of the leading champions for enterprise in Europe, will be the keynote speaker at the launch of the University’s Ingenuity Workshop Programme which is being held at the Sir Colin Campbell Building on Jubilee Campus between 12 noon and 2pm.


Julie Meyer, who is listed in the Wall Street Journal’s Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe, has over 20 years investment and advisory experience in helping start-up businesses. The Founder and Chief Executive of the investment advisory company Ariadne Capital in London, Julie is a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a regular speaker on Entrepreneurship and Leadership and a columnist for CityAM.

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The new training programme of Ingenuity Workshops is being run by The University of Nottingham. It brings together researchers and employees from regional organisations to assist knowledge exchange between the university and local businesses and offers advice on all aspects of enterprise and entrepreneurship from creativity and innovation to risk and technology transfer.


The free programme will be delivered by experienced academics from the University and external business representatives and are open to a mixed audience including external business focusing on:


•    New business ideas

•    Intellectual property fundamentals

•    Strategic thinking

•    Marketing and customer focus

•    Business finance

•    Business planning

•    Project management

•    Business networking


The programme also gives University researchers the opportunity to take part in a £40,000 business plan competition, to further develop ideas for innovative products or services.


For more details about the workshops please contact Parmjit Dhugga on 0115 846 8585.


Interviews with Julie Meyer can be arranged through the University’s Communications Department.


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Notes to editors

: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives ( in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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More information is available from Parmjit Dhugga on +44 (0)115 846 8585,

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