Biotechnology Young Entrepreneur Award(BYE)



Biotechnology Young Entrepreneur (BYE) Award programme is aimed to create awareness of commercialization of biotechnology related ideas among Post-Graduate students in Biotechnology and to encourage them to develop biotechnology entrepreneurship. This is an annual competition organized along with a workshop. The participants will then develop a Business Plan which will be judged by a panel of experts.


Students who are pursuing post graduate programmes (including integrated PG degree programmes) , doctoral degree, BE or B Tech in Biotechnology or in the area of life sciences related to biotechnology (bioinformatics/Molecular biology/ microbiology/biochemistry/Genetics and/or related subjects) from universities/Institutes in the State of Kerala are eligible to apply.

Eligibility criteria 

The applicants should form a team of five students.
At least three members in the team of five should be with Life Science background and other members can be from disciplines other than life sciences/Biotechnology. The individual team member may or may not be from the same Institute / University. Each team should submit only one entry. A participant can be a member of only one team. Each team has to nominate a member as the team  leader and may identify a Mentor as Guide.
The Proposals need to be submitted in the core areas of biotechnology which include: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Bio-energy, Biologicals and Applications, Bioprocess Engineering, Biosensors, Drug discovery & Development, Environment, Food, Medical Diagnostics/Devices, Nanobiology/Nanobiotechnology, Nutracuticals, Vaccines and other related areas. The proposals could be either for a product, service or an application.
Each team should submit a Concept Note (not more than four pages) in response to the notification, to the Advisor, Kerala Biotechnology Commission, KSCSTE, Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom, TVPM–4.  
An expert panel will evaluate the concept proposals and shortlist 15 teams. These 15 teams will attend a high quality Entrepreneurship Workshop of 3-4 day’s duration that will familiarize them on matters related to starting a business venture like Business Plans, IP & Patenting Strategies, Raising Finance, Business Strategies and HR Practices and other aspects of entrepreneurship development. After the workshop, each team may return to the parent institution, consult among themselves and with their mentors and will develop a business plan based on their concept and learning experience from the workshop within 3 weeks after the workshop. Each team then will have to make a presentation to a panel of Experts. The panel will evaluate each of the business plans and identify three winning teams.   


The winning teams will be given cash awards by Kerala Biotechnology Commission. The first prize will be Rs. 1,00,000/-, the 2nd prize will be Rs. 50,000/- and third prize will be Rs. 25,000/- 

Last Date of Submission of Proposal is on or before December 30, 2016.



Application Form

Kerala Biotechnology Commission
More Details Contact
Programme Officer, Kerala Bio-Technology Commission 
Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE),
Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 004
Telephone: (0471) 2548200 (PABX), 2548314 (D)
Fax: O471-2540085
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