Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award


The Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award, in association with Sir Andre Geim, is an annual award to help establish new companies involved with graphene and other 2D materials at The University of Manchester. 

First Prize - £50,000 : Second Prize - £20,000
Deadline for applications - 15 June 2018

We welcome applications from students, postdoctoral researchers or recent graduates of the University (See terms and conditions for more details).

The award acts as seed funding to you to take the first steps towards the successful application of the technology described in your application. It recognises the role that high-level, flexible early-stage financial support can play in the successful development of a business targeting the full commercialisation of a product or technology related to research in graphene or 2D materials.

Register your interest

If you are considering submitting an entry, please register your interest by sending an email to m.henery@manchester.ac.uk.

This will ensure that you receive details of the workshops, seminars and one-to-one help available to support your application.

How to apply

The 2018 competition is open to both individuals and teams:

  • Individuals - you must be a current student (UG/PG), a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Manchester or an alumnus of The University of Manchester who graduated after June 2013
  • Teams - teams can contain up to six people but at least half of the team must be current students (UG/PG), postdoctoral researchers at The University of Manchester or alumni of The University of Manchester who graduated after June 2013.

Two prizes – £50,000 and £20,000 – will be awarded to the individuals or teams whose proposal is judged to best demonstrate how technology related to graphene and other 2D materials can be applied to a viable commercial opportunity.

There are two stages to the competition:

  • Stage 1: You will need to complete and submit an application form (form will be added soon) >>
  • Stage 2: If shortlisted, you will be asked to present a 15 minute Powerpoint presentation to a panel, followed by up to 15 minutes of questioning. If shortlisted, you will be offered support to further develop your proposal ready for the presentation to the panel.

Significant help and support is available to guide you through the business aspects of a proposal.

If you are interested in applying, you are encouraged to arrange a one-to-one meeting to discuss your idea, and to help develop your application.

Please send an email to:        

This competition is funded by the North American Foundation for The University of Manchester, through the generous support of one of the University’s former students, Dr Eli Harari, and his wife Britt.

Application form  (form will be added soon) >>

Terms and Conditions >>

IP position template >>

Read more about Eli Harari's background >>

Read about Eli Harari’s visit to Alliance Manchester Business School here >>

Watch the video of Eli Harari's visit to Alliance Manchester Business School >>