The Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award 2023

Now into its tenth year, the Eli and Britt Harari Enterprise Award competition, in association with Professor Sir Andre Geim, is now open to all students, postdoctoral researchers, and recent graduates of The University of Manchester. This annual competition, managed by the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC), encourages new ideas for enterprises involving graphene and other 2D based materials.

Graphene, a two-dimensional carbon material, is a game-changing UK discovery and its properties make it one of the most important breakthroughs in recent memory. Graphene is a wonder material, with incredible electrical, mechanical, and thermal properties.

Prizes of £50,000 and £20,000 will be awarded to the individuals or teams who can best demonstrate how their technology relating to graphene or other 2D materials could be applied to a viable commercial opportunity. We will also be including an additional prize that celebrates the University's position as one of the leading institutions in the world on sustainable development.

Applications will be judged on the strength of their business plan to develop a new graphene-related business. The award then becomes seed funding to allow the candidate to take the first steps towards realising this plan. It recognises the role that high-level, flexible early-stage financial support can play in the successful development of a business targeting the full commercialisation of a product or technology related to research in graphene.

The final deadline for completed competition entries is midday on Friday 16 June 2023.

Eli Harari Graphene Enterprise Award 2023: introduction and overview

Join us on Tuesday 9 May and hear from Tony Walker, Deputy Director of the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre, who will give an overview of the competition, and share with you hints and tips as to what the judges will be looking for in your application.

You will learn about the support available to support you with your application and how to access this.

We're also pleased to welcome and introduce you to a previous winner of the competition, who can share with you their experience and how they have progressed with their idea since being involved with the Harari programme.

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Key Dates*

  • Monday 13 February - competition opens for expressions of interest
  • Tuesday 9 May - information session for competition entrants
  • Week of 29 May - meet with application experts from GEIC
  • Week of 5 June - meet with commercialisation experts
  • Friday 16 June - entry deadline, 12pm
  • Wednesday 21 June – Finalists notified
  • Monday, 26 June - Finalists invited to pitch to Mock Panel
  • Monday 3 July – Mock Panel pitch
  • Tuesday 4 July- Finalists invited to pitch in the Final Judging Panel
  • Friday 7 July - Final Judging Panel 1-4pm.
  • Friday 14 July - Winners Awards Event 3.30-5pm.

*timings may vary