From 2013.igem.org

Requirements for Participation in iGEM Entrepreneurship Competition 2013

  1. Developing your iGEM Entrepreneurship Team
    The iGEM Entrepreneurship track aims to educate students and non-students in the skills that make entrepreneurs successful, immerse them in the global entrepreneurial networks and have fun in the process of developing plans for and actually creating new organizations, policy, economic, legal and social frameworks for the Synthetic Biology industry. The 2013 iGEM Entrepreneurship competition is open to teams primarily composed of students, staff and faculty of University and Colleges. However, we are exploring the participation of professional teams. Please get in touch with iGEM Headquarters to discuss further.
    • Team structure: Students are responsible for the primary work of a team. Several schools may combine to form a team and one school may have several teams.
    • Students: Undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline at an accredited college or university can participate in a team. Undergraduates include students working towards a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree. Postgraduate students, or postdocs, may also be on teams.
    • Faculty Advisors: Each team must work with at least two faculty members, one from a school of management or business school, and one from any other discipline including, but not limited to, science, engineering, social sciences, medicine, law, and government. Additional faculty members may also be listed as faculty advisors. One of the faculty members must be designated as the primary faculty advisor. She or he is ultimately responsible for the official registration of the team, the team roster, and payment of team fees.
    • Advisors: In addition to the required roles above, teams are encouraged to recruit non-faculty advisors, or simply advisors. Typical advisors include active and past entrepreneurs, faculty entrepreneurs on temporary leave, technical and non-technical industry practitioners and postdocs, legal advisors, policy and industry analysts, private equity (angels, VC's, PE funds) and corporate venture investors and anyone else that may provide advice and connect the team to a trusted network of advisors, potential customers, suppliers, partners, funding agencies, and regulatory authorities.
  2. Confidentiality:
    iGEM does not take a position for or against intellectual property in Synthetic Biology. Note that the iGEM Entrepreneurship track does not require judges to sign non-disclosure agreements.
  3. Registration and Other Fees:
    • iGEM 2013 Entrepreneurship Team registration: For 2013, the iGEM E Team registration fee is the same as all other teams: $2750.
    • Jamboree attendance fee of TBD is required for each attendee for teams attending the iGEM 2013 Entrepreneurship event taking place at the iGEM 2013 World Championship Jamboree in November.
    • Each team must send at least one instructor.
  4. Project Documentation:
    • Wiki: You have the freedom to be creative, but a few specific rules apply, and generally follow the collegiate iGEM Wiki requirements. See the wiki requirements.
  5. Business Plan Submission:
    Submissions are needed to create a valuable community and commons of ideas. Teams are required to document the inspiration and examples of their business models, and solutions to common problems early SB entrepreneurs will likely encounter. The team's submission must be documented on the iGEM Wiki, including but not limited to a public executive summary, elevator pitch (max 3 min) video, and public presentation (Slides). You may upload your video to Vimeo or similar video sharing site that allows embedding so you can share your video on your Wiki, but you must also provide a copy to iGEM HQ.
  6. Other Track Submissions:
    If your team is participating in the non-business plan tracks, all presentations and if possible, data sources, must be made available for public use. Any software tools must be available as open source projects on the iGEM servers, following the guidelines for the Software Division: Software Tools page.
  7. Use of BioBricks:
    Teams in the entrepreneurship track will not be receiving a copy of the 2013 Biobricks distribution. If you have planned experiments, it is recommended to form a wetlab team to receive parts and follow appropriate safety guidelines.
  8. Attributions:
    The description of each project must clearly attribute work done by the Students and distinguish it from work done by others, including host labs, Advisors, Instructors, technicians, sponsors, professional website designers, artists, and commercial services. Please see the Imperial College 2011 Acknowledgements page for an example.
  9. Project Presentation:
    All team members are required to attend the Entrepreneurship event at the iGEM 2013 World Championship Jamboree in November. Each team will give an elevator pitch, a 20 minute presentation and present a poster of their project. Oral and poster presentations must be given by team members. Final .pdf files of the posters must be submitted to iGEM HQ before or during the jamboree weekend.
  10. Positive Contribution:
    All participants are required to work hard to build positive contributions to society and have lots of fun!

If you have any questions about the requirements for participating in iGEM 2013, contact the staff at iGEM Headquarters.