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The Oxford University 21st Century Challenge Competition 2007

Oxford 21st Century CompetitionThe Oxford University 21st Century Challenge Competition is a new international entrepreneurship competition, jointly organized by the Oxford Science Enterprise Centre (OxSEC) and the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilisation (JMI) at the Said Business School, Oxford.

This new competition is open to entrepreneurs world wide, and is looking to encourage innovative new business ideas – from new products and services to innovative operational processes and business models that can help to solve some of the major social, environmental and health challenges of the 21st century.

This year the competition has a total prize fund of ?65,000, with ?35,000 for the overall winner and three runners-up prizes of ?10,000.

Entries can be from individuals, teams, new companies, existing companies creating spin-offs, students, scientists, academics and entrepreneurs. Entries must:

– Be innovative
– Be a for-profit venture
– Address a pressing 21st Century Challenge, within one of the tracks above
– Not have received more than ?250K in funding to date
– Demonstrate a positive social and/or environmental impact as well as a financial return

Entries are welcome any time up to the deadline for submissions, 5pm (GMT) on Friday 12th October 2007.? The finalists will be announced in early November, with the Final itself tasking place at Said Business School, Oxford, on Thursday 29th November 2007.

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