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Note: The requirements for participating in iGEM Entrepreneurship Division 2012 are below. iGEM HQ reserves the right to alter or amend the requirements at any time, so do check back from time to time. Any major changes will be communicated via email and the iGEM website.

Requirements for Participation in iGEM Entrepreneurship Competition 2012

  1. Developing your iGEM Entrepreneurship Team
  2. The iGEM Entrepreneurship Division aims to educate students and non-students in the skills that make entrepreneurs successful, immerse them in the global entrepreneurial networks and have fun in the process of developing plans for and actually creating new organizations, policy, economic, legal and social frameworks for the Synthetic Biology industry.

    • Students: Undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline at an accredited college or university can participate in a team. Undergraduates include students working towards a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree. Postgraduate students, or postdocs, may not be counted as graduate students but may serve advisors.

      Team structure: Students are responsible for the primary work of a team. Several schools may combine to form a team and one school may have several teams.

    • Faculty Advisors: Each team must work with at least two faculty members, one from a school of management or business school, and one from any other disciple including, but not limited to, science, engineering, social sciences, medicine, law, and government. Additional faculty members may also be listed as faculty advisors. One of the faculty members must be designated as the primary faculty advisor. She or he is ultimately responsible for the official registration of the team, the team roster, and payment of team fees.
    • Advisors: In addition to the required roles above, teams are encouraged to recruit non-faculty advisors, or simply advisors. Typical advisors include active and past entrepreneurs, faculty entrepreneurs on temporary leave, technical and non-technical industry practitioners and postdocs, legal advisors, policy and industry analysts, private equity (angels, VC's, PE funds) and corporate venture investors and anyone else that may provide advice and connect the team to a trusted network of advisors, potential customers, suppliers, partners, funding agencies, and regulatory authorities.
  3. Confidentiality:
  4. iGEM does not take a position for or against intellectual property in Synthetic Biology. Note that the iGEM Entrepreneurship Division does not require judges to sign non-disclosure agreements.
  5. Registration and Other Fees:
    • iGEM 2012 Entrepreneurship Team registration: For 2012, the iGEM E Team registration fee has been waived.
    • Jamboree attendance fee: $275USD is required for each undergraduate and $475USD for all other attendees for teams attending the iGEM 2012 Entrepreneurship Jamboree taking place on Sunday, 04 November, 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Note the Entrepreneurship Division presentations take place during the Sunday in the middle of the Collegiate World Championship taking place on 02-05 November 2012 also in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

    Please note that this fee does allow Entrepreneurship participants to attend all the the collegiate iGEM Team Registration events as well during the World Championship. See the Team Registration Fee page. and the Jamboree Attendance Fee page.
  6. Project Documentation:
    • Wiki: You have the freedom to be creative, but a few specific rules apply, and generally follow the collegiate iGEM Wiki requirements. See the wiki requirements.
  7. Business Plan Submission:
  8. Submissions are needed to create a valuable community and commons of ideas. Teams are required to document the inspiration and examples of their business models, and solutions to common problems early SB entrepreneurs will likely encounter. The team's submission must be documented on the iGEM Wiki, including but not limited to a public executive summary, elevator pitch (max 3 min) video, and public presentation (Slides).

    You may upload your video to Vimeo or similar video sharing site that allows embedding so you can share your video on your Wiki.

    If you are not ready to share your pitch with the world, please protect it with a password and then share the URL and password with me. I ask you to share with a password so I can ask our mentors to review the elevator pitches and provide feedback. When you are ready to share the elevator pitch video more broadly, change the video settings to be able to embed video and do so on the Summary page of your iGEM E wiki. This section is usually found at an URL of the form:*TEAMNAME*/Summary

    Draft presentations may be emailed directly to me:

  9. Other Track Submissions:
  10. If your team is participating in the non-business plan tracks, all presentations and if possible, data sources, must must be made available for public use. Any software tools must be available as open source projects on the iGEM servers, following the guidelines for the Software Division: Software Tools page.

  11. Use of BioBricks:
  12. If important to the submission, reference to relevant BioBrick parts must be clearly documented.

  13. Attributions:
  14. The description of each project must clearly attribute work done by the Students and distinguish it from work done by others, including the Advisors, sponsors, professional website designers/ artists, and commercial services.

  15. Project Presentation:
  16. All team members are required to attend the Entrepreneurship Jamboree, 4 November 2012. The Entrepreneurship Jamboree is held during the iGEM Collegiate Jamboree, 2-5 November 2012. Each team will give an elevator pitch, a 20 minute presentation and present a poster of their project. Oral and poster presentations must be given by the Students.

  17. Positive Contribution:
  18. All participants are required to work hard to build positive contributions to society and have lots of fun.

If you have any questions about the requirements for participating in iGEM 2012, contact the staff at iGEM Headquarters. +