Biotechnology Entrepreneur Student Team

Biotechnology Entrepreneur Student Team (BEST): Applications Open

BEST-India (Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Student Teams) is aimed at encouraging young postgraduate and doctoral students in developing biotechnology entrepreneurship and exposing them to issues involved in commercialization of bio-science.

BEST is sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology

(, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and is administered by ABLE – India ( 

Important Dates

Call of Proposal Open : 20th November 2010
Last date of uploading concept notes : 18 January 2011
First Level Screening of Proposals :1st February to 15 March 2011
Second Level Screening for 20 teams : 25 March to 25 May 2011
Announcement of Shortlisted 20 teams : 1 st June 2011
Entrepreneurship Workshop : 26 July to 29 July 2011


Applicants must be students who are pursuing their masters (including 5 year integrated post graduate degree), doctoral degree, BE or B Tech courses or four year professional courses in the area of life sciences (bioscience/biotechnology and/or related subjects) from Indian Universities/Institutes.

The applicants should form a team of 5 students and nominate a team leader. The individual team members may or may not br from the same institute/University. One third of the team members can be from disciplines other than life sciences.
Each team will submit only one entry.
Core biotechnology disciplines under which Concept Notes will be invited include Agriculture, Aquaculture, Alternate Energy/Bio-energy, Bioinformatics, Biological Applications, Bioprocess Engineering, Environment, Food, Human Resource Development, Medical, Medical Diagnostics, Medical devices, Medical Therapeutics, Nanotechnlogy/Nanobiotechnology, and Vaccines.
The proposals could be either for product, service or an application.

Concept Note Structure

The components of the concept notes are given below.
1. Executive Summary (max. 800 Words not exceeding 100 KB)
2. Concept Note (Not exceeding 500KB)
* Concept note title
* Concept and Description of Scientific Ideas
* Market Potential and Commercialization prospects
* Current challenges and roadblocks in the development of the project


The winning teams will be presented with cash awards at ABLE’s BioInvest Conference. The awards are sponsored by DBT.
The 1st Prize will be Rs. 500,000/-,
The 2nd Prize will be Rs. Rs. 300,000/- and
The 3rd Prize will be Rs. 200,000/-.

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