NECSENorth East Centre for Scientific Enterprise (UK)
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Professor Max Robinson, Blueprint co-ordinator and enterprise education manager at NECSE, said: "Blueprint ensures a bright, dynamic future for the North-east by giving enterprising students the incentives and opportunities to stay in the region and make the most of their skills and talents locally.
These are: Baker Tilly, Business Link, Cenamps, Codeworks, Consett Innovation Centre, County Durham Development Company, Dickinson Dees, National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, NECSE, Northern Enterprise Ltd, Nstar Finance Ltd, One NorthEast, RTC North, Service Network, The Bridge Club, Women into the Network and Williams Language Solutions.
Competition coordinator Professor Max Robinson, enterprise education manager at the North-East Centre for Scientific Enterprise (NECSE), said they represented "some of the finest entrepreneurial talent coming out of the North-East's five universities.
Funded and administered by NECSE (North East Centre for Scientific Enterprise), the blueprint business plan competition ( which took place over the last academic year ( has proved an unequivocal success, generating more than 450 new business plans, 10 times more than previous years.
The competition's co-ordinator, Professor Max Robinson, Enterprise Education Manager at NECSE, who has himself taken a company from start-up to the London Stock Exchange, says he is delighted with the response.
Durham University is also the lead university and host for the North East Centre for Scientific Enterprise (NECSE) which is one of 12 centres in the UK working to increase the flow of commercial ideas from university research and to foster enterprise and entrepreneurship among university staff and students.
Also taking part is the NECSE - the North-East Centre for Scientific Enterprise - a partnership of the North-East's five universities based at Mountjoy research centre in Durham City.
Established in 2000 with a pounds 1.3m indirect government grant, the NECSE plans to showcase a range of scientific innovations, hoping to develop partnerships with industry that will convert the ideas into products.
The Bury St Edmunds Business to Business Fair, operated by NECSES Events, will feature demonstrations by a variety of local companies operating in a number of different industry sectors.