The Spinoff Prize

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The questions on the application are listed below for reference.



Applicant and spinoff company details                                                                                                                                                                             

This section will not be judged and is for applicant tracking only. Any information in this section may be used in publication of the longlist and/or shortlist.

University or research institute representative’s contact details (to be completed by applicant)                                                                                      This section will not be judged and is for verification purposes of application eligibility and origin of underpinning research.

[Tick box] I understand that Nature Awards may contact the person specified above to confirm the eligibility of the application. This person cannot be an employee of the spinoff company, nor an academic founder.


This section forms the basis of the evaluation of each entry. The application questions are split into four key topics and an ‘elevator pitch’ summary. We want you to demonstrate the excellence of the science on which your company was founded, a deep knowledge of the opportunity, a well developed business plan, suitability of the team and significance of the potential impact you are seeking to achieve.         

Please do not include any confidential information in your application. Nature Awards expects that applicants will withhold any confidential or commercially sensitive information. Nature Awards will not put in place any confidentiality agreements with applicants or members of the judging panel.

In answering the questions please avoid qualitative statements such as ‘our diagnostic has a lower false positive rate' and instead provide quantitative information where available and appropriate i.e. ‘our diagnostic has a 4% false positive rate which is 28% better than the gold standard’.

You will not be able to exceed the word limits specified. If you can clearly answer the question in fewer words you are free to do so. Please ensure that you read the question again once you have answered, to ensure that you have addressed all elements of the question.

The Elevator Pitch - a short description of spinoff company                                                                                                                                   

Please provide a short, simple and clear overview of the company, including what solution you are developing, what unmet need it is addressing and the potential impact if successful. (150 words)

The science

The opportunity

The plan & team

The impact

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This information is subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and any resulting restrictions.