The QED Bio-Entrepreneur School, which begins on 10 March and runs for three days, has seen more than double the number of applicants for the 30 places available.
The school, which is core-funded by East Midlands Development Agency (emda) through the Greater Nottingham Partnership, is held in partnership with BioCity Nottingham and forms a part of its endeavours to help build the east Midlands bio-science sector by offering investment and incubation facilities to start-up and growing bio-science operations.
The 2009 Bio-Entrepreneur School will draw on the expertise of many of its sponsors throughout the programme.
These include patent experts AdamsonJones, together with UK Trade and Investment, Nelsons Solicitors, Connect Midlands, La Playa, Nottingham City Council and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The school runs over three days and delegates will get the opportunity to take part in knowledge sharing sessions, where professionals who work closely with academics, researchers and entrepreneurs will show how they have turned their ideas into successful businesses.
In addition, there will be practical exercises to help to put the learning into practice and work on real opportunities with the support of peers and the team.
Workshop sessions will be held where experts will help to build skills or deal with the practicalities of business, and there will also be informal sessions to network with investors, entrepreneurs and sector specialists.
The level and quality of applicants for the QED Bio-Entrepreneur School is welcomed by emda.
The QED Bio-Entrepreneur School 2009 takes place during the iFestival, an annual celebration of innovation in the region, running from 6 March to 17 April, which is also funded by emda, and co-ordinated by emda and East Midlands Innovation (the Regional Science and Industry Council).