Guidelines & Rules

Guidelines | Rules

Who can take part? What is needed? Which fields of biotechnology are covered, how much does it cost, ...​​​​​​​​

Who can participate?​​​​​​​​

Students, post-graduates, experienced scientists and other creative individuals who wish to translate their promising and marketable life science innovation into a business idea and a professional business plan.​​​​​​​​

Life sciences include the following areas:​​​​​​​​

  • Red biotechnology (Biopharmaceuticals for humans or animals)
  • Green or blue biotechnology (Agro-biotechnology or marine biotechnology)
  • White biotechnology (Biotechnology applied to industrial processes)
  • Medical Technology/Medical Devices (*** detailed definition at the end of the page)
  • Supply and service applications in the life sciences (e.g. new sequencing methods, bioinformatics)​​​​​​​

BOB is open to individuals and teams from all countries. If you participate in phase 2 of the competition, be prepared to travel to Vienna in November 2017 to personally present your business plan to the jury. Though not obligatory, attendance at the workshop, the one-on-one meetings, the Coaching session and the award ceremonies/networking events is highly recommended.​​​​​​​​

Entities that have already been incorporated may participate as long as they are not older than 2 years at the start of the competition.​​​​​​​​

The official language of the competition is English. All documents and presentations must be written in English.​​​​​​​​

No distinction is made with regard to evaluation of Austrian and Non-Austrian participants. Participants from all countries are equally welcome.​​​​​​​​

Participation in the competition and all related activities is free. Travel and  lodging costs are to be covered by the participants.​​​​​​​​

Participation in the one-on-one meetings and the coaching session while highly recommended is not a mandatory precondition to participate in the competition.


Here you can read the Rules of Contest


***Definition of Medical Technology within the framework of Best of Biotech:​​​​​​​​

  • Diagnostic tools and technologies (e.g. X-Ray, NMR, urea tests, allergy tests, blood pressure measuring tools etc.)
  • Therapeutic tools and technologies (e.g. implants, prostheses, rehabilitation tools, orthopedic tools, dialysis technology, cryotherapy etc.)
  • Medical Tools (e.g. disposable gloves, syringe, incontinence aids, bandaging material etc.)
  • Laboratory-, ambulance-, hospital furniture und technology (e.g. beds, mattresses, textiles, tables, illumination etc.)
  • Services (overall medical services such as medical IT
  • Remember that your idea needs to be a true innovation, not a "me too"-product or an improvement over an existing technology. ​​​​​


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