Birmingham's brightest could win 15k

The University of Birmingham is delighted to announce that 16 business ideas, from a variety of researchers, have been shortlisted for their chance to win 15k to help develop their research into a commercially viable opportunity.

The Enterprising Birmingham - Business Plan Competition rewards both research staff and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Birmingham who can demonstrate a great business idea based on their research.

The shortlisted researchers have now been invited to attend two intensive in-house training sessions; along with one additional session provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers designed to give them the considerable skills necessary to formulate a sound business plan.

The business plans submitted will be further shortlisted by a group of both internal and external specialists and the finalists will be invited to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges at the Enterprising Birmingham Showcase which will take place on 13th January, 2011. The Showcase will be a lively demonstration of the entrepreneurial spirit of the University of Birmingham and we are hoping for a large audience from both inside and outside of the University.

The Business Plan competition has been launched for the first time this year with the aim of creating new business spinouts sought from its considerable research talent.

Both the Vice Chancellor: Professor David Eastwood and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research & Knowledge Transfer: Professor Judith Petts agree that this is an ‘exciting event’ for the University.

Professor Judith Petts Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research & Knowledge Transfer said, ‘The university has traditionally done well in commercialisation…this is an opportunity to take our very best researchers and give them support in potentially forming new businesses that may go onto to be successful.’

If you would like to attend the showcase in January or would like more general information about the Business Plan Competition, please contact: Miss Debbie White (

Thank you to our sponsors: Central Technology Belt, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marks & Clerk LLP, Circles of Influence Campaign, the Knowledge Transfer Development Fund and Withers & Rogers LLP.


Details of the shortlisted researchers

Contact/Lead applicant



Ali Kubba

Doctoral Student

Mechanical Engineering


Bayode Ero-Phillips

Doctoral Student

Metallurgy and Materials


Dr Bushra Al Duri

Senior lecturer

Chemical Engineering


Dr Gurmel Ghataora




Civil Engineering


Dr Mark D Redwood

SCRATCH Research Fellow

Unit of Functional Bionanomaterials/Biosciences


Dr Oliver Mason


Technical Director

English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies


Rustam Stolkin

Research Fellow

Computer Science


Dr Tim Knowles

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Division of Cancer Studies


Tong Hao


Research Fellow

Civil Engineering


Wai-Ling Bickerton

Research Fellow



Che Zulkhairi Abdullah (Zul)


Doctoral Student

Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering.


Dr. Helen (Xiaoying) Hu

Research Fellow

JG Smith Building (Economics), Business School


Xavier Disley


Doctoral Student

Sport & Exercise Sciences


Dr Eleanor Quested

Research Fellow

PAPA Project/Sport & Exercise Sciences


Professor Scott Lucas


English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies


Professor Richard Lilford


Head of Division & Professor


Division of Primary Care, Public and Occupational Health, Health & Population Sciences