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Increase your ingenuity


Environment YES

Environment YES is a venture designed to develop business awareness and an understanding of entrepreneurship in UK environmental postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists.

This goal is achieved through a competition in which those participating prepare a business plan for a hypothetical company.

Environment YES is organised jointly by The University of Nottingham’s Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

YES in action

Watch the 2014 finalists delivering their elevator pitches.



You will:

  • develop enterprise skills
  • cultivate business acumen
  • create new knowledge
  • think creatively to produce innovative solutions to major challenges
  • collaborate with peers and industry experts using a range of networking skills
  • discover how to communicate research with impact to diverse audiences
  • gain project management skills in the context of business planning
  • learn about ethical, legal and health and safety aspects
  • understand how funding is sourced and managed
  • win £2,500


Form a team, of four or five members, and apply by downloading an application form.

Take part in a briefing session that is being hosted online on Wednesday 3 August.

Decide upon an innovative idea that could work as a business and think about which areas of the business each team member be responsible for and undertake some market research.

Attend a three day residential workshop encompassing presentations and mentoring sessions from leading figures in industry. Workshops held throughout September, October or November.

Teams with the best business plan are selected to go forward to the final on Monday 5 December in London.

Obtain an application form


Environment YES

  • Nottingham University Business School
  • Jubilee Campus
  • Nottingham
  • NG8 1BB

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