The Amyris Innovation BIG Impact Award is an Innovation Contest in Biotechnology promoted by the Católica Porto Alumni Biotecnologia, in partnership with the School of Biotechnology of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in Porto, and Amyris Inc, the main sponsor of the Innovation Forum in Biotechnology. The contest aims to promote new disruptive ideas and/or projects in the field of Biotechnology, with a particular focus on sustainability. We are seeking projects with both market potential, and positive, measurable impacts on society. Do you have an idea with the potential to develop new market niches? Does your project meet the needs of a new untapped customer segment? How BIG is your innovation?
Submit your project until 15/08/2021, by using this form.
The contest has 3 rounds: Admission, Project Development and Presentation of Results.
Round 1: Admission
In the first stage, all applicants must complete an online form developed by the Organization, called “Application Form”. The admission phase of the competition takes place between 23.06.2021 and 15.08.2021, with the intention of selecting up to ten biotechnology-based projects. After the end of the admission phase, the applications will be analysed in a period of up to 8 days. The notification date may, exceptionally, be extended for a period not exceeding 5 days after the reference date, by means of a communication made through the Forum website. Deadline for notification of the results: 20.08.2021. The preliminary selection of projects will be made by the Scientific Committee appointed by the Organization.
Round 2: Project Development
In this round the pre-selected applicants will be notified via email to deliver the following supplementary documentation:
The development round of the project will run from 23/08/2021 to 12/09/2021. The Organization will notify applicants of the validation of their application within 10 working days after the end of the project development phase.
Round 3: Presentation of Results
This round will consist of a Presentation of Results in the Media and Public Events, specifically during the Innovation Forum in Biotechnology to be held on 09/10/2021.
All selected applications need to declare their availability to be present, online, for the public presentation of their project. Each project will have 1 minute to deliver their pitch.
The winners of the Amyris BIG Impact Innovation Award will go to the team with best scores on judging criterias combined with the public vote. The 1st place will take home 7000€, the 2nd place 2000€ and the 3rd place 1000€.
The selected projects will have access to a Coaching session with the CEO of Amyris Inc., Dr. John Melo.