photograph Engineering YES - Winners 2018!

Congratulations to Beth Gollan, PhD student in ICaMB, who was part of the successful team that has won the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) Engineering Competition 2018, which was held at the Royal Society in London on 11th December.

The winning team, LactoLab, was supported by the Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham BBSRC DTP and was made up of students from the three partner Universities. They pitched hypothetical business plan on how to reduce non-degradable single-use plastic in labs by providing a compostable alternative using food industry by-products. Their leap of imagination was to create a plastic that is rendered chemically and biologically inert through a novel coating. LactoLab said: “Overcoming the challenge of being from separate universities really brought us together as a team, we have loved participating in YES and it has made us consider a career in business! We are so delighted to have won and will definitely be keeping in touch with our new friends from across the country.”

If you're interested in getting involved in the scheme in the future, there is a workshop happening as part of the PGR Skills Development Programme and you can book a place online here. Look out for the university wide call out for the next YES teams in April/May 2019.

published on: 18th December 2018