Aline Miller a North West finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021

Aline Miller, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, Associate Dean for Business Engagement and Innovation, and founder of Manchester BioGel, has been named a finalist in the Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) 2021. She made the cut out of 4,800 national entries to be shortlisted in this prestigious award.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, in partnership with Starling Bank, acknowledges and champions the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses across the UK

Aline Miller, Founder of Manchester BioGel
I am delighted to have been nominated for this award. It is a wonderful way to be recognised for the work we do at Manchester BioGel and the impact our work has on the world. I very much look forward to attending the finals and meeting all the other very worthy finalists. Regardless of who wins, these awards and this shortlist really highlight the range of talent we have here in the North West.
Aline Miller, Founder of Manchester BioGel

Manchester BioGel is a spinout company from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and owes its start to seed funding from the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The company produces PeptiGels and Peptilinks (synthetic hydrogels) that are used for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug discovery applications. Their work has pioneered the hydrogel space by offering cheaper and more bespoke hydrogel solutions to industry that can act as a scaffold for a range of tissue and cell cultures.

Aline will join 1,200 other entrepreneurs at the award ceremony on Monday 22 November at Grosvenor House in London. The event will see all eight regional shortlists brought together to crown the winners of each region.

In attendance will be judges, mentors, investors, and partners who will celebrate the unrivalled creativity, ambition, and resilience of entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom.

Over the last decade, the awards have celebrated some household names including Julie Deane OBE of Cambridge Satchel Co, Alan and Juliet Barratt of Grenade and Shaun Pulfrey of Tangle Teezer, as well as Steven Bartlett, the BBC’s Dragons Den’s youngest ever Dragon.

The North West has produced some incredible finalists over the years, and this year is no exception. It really is one of the UK’s most promising regions, and the fact that so many exceptional people have applied during such a tough year, is a testament to the resolve and talent that exists across the area.
Francesca James, Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

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