4th April 2006




Second-year Forensic Science students at the University of Lincoln will find out whether they’ve won a share of £2,500 at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 5th April.


Ninety students are taking part in this year’s Forensic Science Business Plan Competition organised by the Faculty of Health Life and Social Sciences.


Split into groups of up to five the students have written a business plan. The best five of these will be presented to an external panel of judges selected from local businesses and intermediaries from the commercial sector of Lincoln on Wednesday.


The five short-listed groups will all receive cash prizes totalling £2,500. The winning group will be awarded £1,000.


This year’s competition is sponsored by the East Midlands Science Enterprise Network (EMSEN) and the Higher Education Innovation Fund Round 2 (HEIF 2).


The Riseholme Park Students completed their own competition last week when a new business for organically grown garden food produce won first prize.

The purpose of EMSEN and HEIF 2 is to maximise the economic contribution from higher education in the region and to directly contribute to national competitiveness by developing an entrepreneurial culture within universities and beyond.

John Mulhall, lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Transfer Processes, said: “All the students who have taken part in the competition have learnt a valuable lesson of life and commerce from completing their business plans and are better prepared for life in the real world of enterprise.


“The students have produced over 40 business plans of an extremely high calibre and even if they didn’t get short-listed still have business ideas they could pursue after university.”


The short-listed groups will present their business plans to the panel between 12.30pm and 1.45pm on Wednesday 5th April in the Cargill Lecture Theatre. The awards will be presented at 2.15pm. 


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson Press Officer (01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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