Early Bird Applications Open Now! People, Plastics and our Planet: Venturing for Solutions – Aurora Innovation Centre, BAS Cambridge, 2-6 March 2020

People, Plastics and our Planet offers the unique opportunity for early career researchers and entrepreneurial individuals from the business community to come together to develop and test ideas around solving the challenges posed by plastics in our environment.

The venture school, co-sponsored by University of Cambridge’s EPSRC CirPlas Hub, British Antarctic Survey and Value in Enterprise, will be a highly interactive/hands-on course delivered over 5 days.

Interdisciplinary teams will work together to propose and develop solutions to plastic challenges that they identify as of particular interest. Each team will work towards defining a business model that is suitable to take their idea forward – supported by expert mentors.

That could be a business venture, a social venture, an impact project, or a new collaboration.

During the programme, participants will:
1. Define a complex problem
2. Explore possible solutions and choose the most appropriate one(s)
3. Articulate a value proposition
4. Identify key partners
5. Evaluate routes to market
6. Propose a business model
7. Design and deliver a winning pitch to secure resources

A participant in a previous Venture School commented: “I loved the diverse topic, starting with plastics and our environment, but then learning about entrepreneurial and business aspects. It was really interesting to get advice from “real” business people. Let’s do more!”


The early bird contribution to the course costs for successful applicants is £130 per person. After 17 December 2019 this will increase to £200.

Application process:

Apply online here, including a copy of your CV and either a short video (up to 3 minutes long) or written responses addressing the following questions:

•What is the biggest challenge we face with regard to plastics in our society now and in the future?
• Why would you like to join this workshop?
• What are you expecting to learn/take away from the programme?
• Why should you be chosen to take part in the programme?

The deadline for early bird applications is 17 December 2019, 23:59 GMT

The best final pitch will have the opportunity to pitch to industry and investors in Cambridge and London in partnership with Cambridge Cleantech.

If you have any questions please email aurora@bas.ac.uk

Deadline: December 17, 2019

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