€600,000 funding opportunity - Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2012

Hi everyone !


I would like to draw your attention to the Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2012 - an international business plan competition aimed at identifying and supporting the best, most innovative nanotechnology and polymers startups around the world.

The competition is organised by Intesa Sanpaolo (Italy's largest bank), Veneto Nanotech (the Italian Cluster of Nanotechnology) and IMAST (the Campania-based Technological District on Polymeric and Composite materials). Each challenge offers the chance to win a €300,000 cash and services award. 

In addition, for all the shortlisted startups there is the opportunity to take part in a unique end-to-end program that will include the following additional benefits:

  • Access to an international Investor Roadshow covering European and worldwide locations such as London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, San Francisco.
  • Widespread media coverage.
  • Mentoring services and dedicated support / training services offered by Silicon Valley investors Maverick Angels.
  • Access to a wide network of partners (business incubators, software corporations, science parks, business coaches) providing key services and resources.

The competition is free and entries can be submitted by registering on the challenge website.  Please note that the deadline for submissions is 19 July 2012. 

More information about the challenge can be found on the challenge website:


I would be happy to answer any question you might have and would be most grateful if you could forward this to your members or anyone you think might be interested in participating !

Thank you in advance.


Carole Nguyen

Marketing & Communications 
Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2012

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Comment by Carole Nguyen on July 11, 2012 at 12:36pm

Hi Sami,

The competition is open to any student(s), professor(s), researcher(s), investor(s), scientific(s) or entrepreuneur(s) who would like to present their innovative startup project in nanotechnology and polymer-based materials. So yes, there is absolutely an opportunity for you to participate in the Nanochallenge & Polymerchallenge !

To apply for this competition, a team must have at least 2 people representing the actual or expected Chief : the Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the venture presented in the Business Plan.

If you'd like to participate, you can register on the challenge website :

www. nanochallenge.com    before 19 July, which is the deadline for registering and submitting your Executive Summary (3 page document with a few general questions about your project that can be doawloaded on the challenge website on the "download area"section)

Then, a Concept Jury committe will evaluate the most promising Executive Summaries and the best teams will enter Phase 2. In this phase, every team will have to submit their Business Plan due on 24 September 2012. Business experts from the Silicon valley will help you in drafting your Business Plan.

Another avantage in participating that I haven't mentioned : the 12 finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a Roadshow in big cities all around the world to meet top investors and present their projects. So even if you don't win the competition, you will get access to a big network of business experts, investors.

Please let me know if you have any question.


Carole Nguyen


Marketing & communication


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Comment by sami ul haq on July 11, 2012 at 7:37am

i am students of nano technology ,is there any opertunity for me in this business ,

if you can guide me i will be very very thankful to you .

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