A scientist becoming a start-up entrepreneur – talk and Q&A session, 16 November 2015

Part of the Global entrepreneurship Week programme at Swansea University
A must for any budding entrepreneur – all welcome!

Date/time: 16 November 2015, 3-4 pm
Where: Room 222 Wallace Building

Dr Minshad Ansari established Bionema, a small start-up company in 2012. This company, based in ILS1 at Swansea University has grown from strength to strength, recently gaining accreditation for Official Recognition of Efficacy Testing facilities or Organisations (ORETO) for testing in Biological and semi chemicals categories. This means that Bionema Ltd has a major advantage in a rapidly emerging market, and provides the platform for Bionema Ltd to access global markets with the bio pesticides* Bionema Ltd now develops.

One of the first Biopesticides developed by Minshad and his company is to help the control of pests in Strawberry production, which will lead to massive opportunities across Europe. For example the strawberry market in the UK is worth £275 million to £300 million and larger again in Spain and Italy.

With Dr Ansari’s ambition to grow Bionema’s turnover by 20% a year, create at least 10 jobs over the next three years, and expand into International markets, Bionema Ltd is now in a strong position as one of only a handful of companies in the UK who are in the Biopesticide R&D market with the required EU accreditation.

Minshad, in describing himself as “Scientist turned Businessman” by taking Bionema from initial concept to international accreditation will talk through the highs and lows of this journey and about the ambitions for the future of this company. The final part of the session will provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about setting up a science based company.

* Bio-pesticides are the natural alternative to toxic chemicals – plants, bacteria, fungi and minerals for the control of insect pests which attack food and other crops of all kinds. They are less toxic than chemical pesticides, decompose rapidly and can be targeted at specific pests to avoid harming beneficial insects.

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