2011 Competition

2011 Competition



LES Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition

Our goal is for every participant to emerge a winner through mastery of IP commercialization skills that will enhance their business success now and in the future.

LES Foundation Announces the 2011 Competition Winners

Grand Prize Winner
2011 Grand Prize WinnerNanoMed from Washington University-St. Louis won the 2011 LES Foundation International Graduate Student Business Plan Competition for the biomedical startup’s plan to revolutionize neurological surgical mesh using state-of-the-art biomaterials that are easier to use and more easily integrated into the body.

2011 LESI Global Award Recipient
2011 Global Award WinnerStudent entrepreneurs from Lund University, Sweden received the $5,000 Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) Global Award for their start-up company, ShieldHeart which has developed a protection device technology platform to ‘shield’ vital organs, blood vessels and nerves from ruptures and bleeding that are often associated with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) systems. The Global Award is presented annually, in conjunction with the LES Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition, to the student team whose plan best deals with intellectual property (IP) rights and their use in the global business environment.

Runner-up Teams:

Read More about the Finalists and Supporters. View a photo gallery of the Competition activities in London.

The LES Foundation, along with the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A and Canada) Inc., and the Licensing Executives Society International, congratulate the winners and all of our 2011 participating teams on jobs well done!

Why Participate in
the LES Foundation Competition?

There are a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a business plan competition. Consider this…

Never before has business relied more heavily on the power of intellectual property (IP) and innovation. Our unique global event focuses on business plans that include an overview of IP assets and how these IP assets are commercialized to achieve overall business goals.

Sound intimidating? No worries, we offer expert mentorship and resources to help you along the way.

We invite you to examine the untapped potential of your business plan and maximize your success by learning how to leverage IP assets through the LES Foundation Competition.

Key Dates for the 2011 Competition:

November 18, 2010 Team registration opens
February 18, 2011 Deadline for team registration
February 21, 2011 Business plan submission opens
March 4, 2011 All business plans due
April 18, 2011 Finalist teams invited to participate in the London activities
June 4, 2011 Final round competition in London
June 5-8, 2011 LES International Annual Conference in London, England

Thank You to Our Supporters!

The 2011 Competition is made possible by these organizations:

LES USA/Canada
Kauffman Foundation
Bracewell & Giuliani
Ellis IP Limited
Fisher Adams Kelly
Knobbe Martens
Sim & McBurney