LISA VR sponsors Best of Biotech 2007

On December 3, 2007 the business plan competition “BOB – Best of Biotech: Get your Business started” will start for the fourth time. LISA VR is as prime partner on board.

As in 2001, 2002 and 2004, the object is not only to encourage the development of the biotech scene in Austria, but the LISA VR sponsoring allows to also improve cross-border collaboration between Austria and its neighbours. Best of Biotech thus helps to contribute to the development of a Central European life science region.

The competition shall motivate students, scientists at universities and non-university research institutions, as well as all other creative individuals to analyse research results regarding their potentials for commercial exploitation. BOB aims at identifying ideas that are suitable for starting up companies.

Special workshops and boot camps provide participants in the competition with invaluable help in dealing with the key issues of preparing a business plan. Combined with intensive coaching these workshops shall contribute to developing innovative business ideas in phase I of the competition. In phase II these shall be developed into sound business plans. A distinguished jury composed of 9 international experts will evaluate the business plans in phase II and select the two business plans that are to be awarded. Baxter sponsors EUR 15.000 for the best business plan, the second best will receive EUR 10.000 from Boehringer Ingelheim Austria.

For the first time AplusB centres are involved in the business plan competition to a great extent: In Vienna INiTS offers BOB coaching, is responsible for awareness measures and will train participants in a specially organized 2 day workshop.


Phase I: Developing Business Ideas

December 3, 2007: Start of Phase I

December 20, 2007: Deadline Registration Phase I *)

February 1, 2008: Deadline Phase I
Submission of business ideas (5 pages in English) via e-mail to bob(at)

February 28, 2008: Meeting BOB Coaches Evaluation of business ideas

March 6, 2008: Business Idea Award
Awarding of the five most innovative ideas at Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH.
- Cash prizes of EUR 1,400 Winners will be determined by the BOB coaches.

Phase II: Developing Business Plans**)

Mid of March 2008: Workshops, Vienna: March 28-29, 2008
Input on industrial property rights, market research, business strategy, finance and law April 21-22, 2008 Boot Camp I
Individual feedback to your business idea and the business plan, room for improving your business plan May 30, 2008: Deadline Phase II
Submission of fully-fledged business plans (in English) via e-mail to bob(at)

June 26, 2008: Boot Camp II
Practicing of buisiness plan presentations June 27, 2008: Jury Meeting
Presentation of business plans in front of an international jury

July 3, 2008: Business Plan Award
In the course of the BOB closing gala the two winning projects will be awarded.
First prize: EUR 15,000 from Baxter Second prize: EUR 10,000 from Boehringer Ingelheim Austria

*) In order to participate in BOB please register via e-mail to registration(at)
**) Phase II is open for participants that did not take part in phase I!

Please note that participation in the competition and all related activities is free. Also, participation in similar competitions does not preclude participation in BOB.
Official languages of BOB are English and German. For additional information and further details please see

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