Do you know an enterprising individual? Do you know anybody who has contributed to the growth of a start-up company that successfully commercialises chemistry-related research? If so, please read on: with your help, that person could become the next winner of the Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year award.

This annual award recognises commercial innovation and success and is open to those working in a chemical sciences spin-off or SME anywhere in the world. The award winner receives £4000, a trophy and a certificate plus he or she will be featured in Chemistry World, which is, without a doubt, a great promotional opportunity.

Previous winners include (to name a few): Paul Workman from The Institute of Cancer Research who received the 2012 award and has been profiled in this month’s issue of Chemistry WorldKarl Coleman from Durham Graphene Science who became the 2011 winner; and Hagan Bayley from the University of Oxford for his founding role in Oxford Nanopore Technologies.

So how can you help? Well, as candidates are not permitted to nominate themselves we need you to do it. More information and ‘how to apply’ notes are available at http://www.rsc.org/ScienceAndTechnology/Awards/EntrepreneuroftheYear/Index.asp. We are already taking nominations for 2013, but the closing date is 15 January 2013 so there is plenty of time to go… Good luck to all!

Bibiana Campos-Seijo

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