Event Detail


Feb 2020

BEST 2019

Event Overview

ABLE, the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises has been successfully conducting the BEST India (Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Student Teams) program to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship among biotech students since 2009, with the support of the Department of Biotechnology.

The program has been encouraging young graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students in developing their entrepreneurial skills by exposing them to issues involved in commercialization of biosciences. Over the past decade 20 companies have been formed by BEST graduates that together have garnered more than Rs 400 crore in investment and have created 180 high value jobs. Startups like Sea6 EnergyPandorum TechnologiesKBCols Sciences which have emerged from BEST program, have won many laurels for the country over the years.

ABLE will be conducting BEST 2019 program with the support of its member companies on a shoe-string budget this time. It is mainly to maintain the continuity of the highly acclaimed BEST program before the end of the financial year, 2019-2020.

ABLE has decided to organize the BEST 2019 program this year using the latest communication technologies for interaction instead of a physical bootcamp.

Top 12 Shortlisted Students teams 
will make the usual 15-minute presentation to the jury over a teleconferencing facility, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, 29th February 2020.

Cash prizes to be given to Top 3 teams. Based on fund availability, we may give cash prizes to the Top 5 teams.

Webinars will be conducted with ABLE’s leadership team providing motivational talks. First set of webinars will start on Saturday, 15th February 2020.

The Bootcamp coordinators will also aim to provide online tutorials to help student teams prepare the final presentation.

The announcement of winners and prize distribution is scheduled to be held during the ABLE BioEconomy Conclave on March 12-13, 2020 at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

Event Summary

Applicants must be necessarily enrolled as students who are currently pursuing their UG or PG (including 5 year integrated post graduate degree), doctoral degree, BE or B.Tech courses, 4yr BSc. Agri programme and other four/three year professional courses in the areas of life sciences (bioscience/ biotechnology/ biochem/ microbio / biophysics/ bioengineering/ food and/ or related subjects) from Indian universities/Institutes.

The Proposals should be related in the areas of:

1. ECOLOGY / CLIMATE CHANGE (ECC): Air Pollution, Water Contamination, and Lake & River rejuvenation, Solid Waste Management, Soil Water Quality

2. HUMAN HEALTH INNOVATION (HHI): BioPharma / BioMedical Devices & Diagnostics, Non-Invasive Diagnostic Tools, Stem Cell Processing, Artificial Human Parts Production

3. FOOD & FARM INNOVATION (FFI): Smart & sustainable agriculture, Food & nutrition, BioStimulants & BioAgricultural tools and technology, Seed Processing Services and technology, Animal Health technology, Livestock productivity improvement technologies, Artificial Food Sweeteners, Food Supplements, Nutrition Supplements, etc.

4. BIOENERGY & BIO-BASED MANUFACTURING (BEM): Biofuels, Bio-Gas Production /technology, Wastewater treatment, Biodegradable plastic production, Water extractors, Leather technologies, Enzymes, etc.

5. BIG DATA & AI INNOVATION (BDAI): Artificial Intelligence in biotech including data sciences, Big Data for Biotech, “Omic” solutions and platforms for sequencing and other studies, Forensic DNA analysis tools, etc.

Note: The Idea and solutions need to be affordable and usable by any person and be ready to use within 12-24 months.

The LAST DATE to Register your team at www.ableindia.in/best2019 and upload your concept note is 07th February 2020.

Please note that Each college can send a maximum of only TWO (2) entries. Top 12 teams will be shortlisted for the finals.
Please mention which of the FIVE areas the submission is related to in the Subject mail.


Form a Team of Five with a nominated team leader. The team could be interdisciplinary with at least THREE of the members pursuing life science courses. Two others could be from other disciplines. Each team members should upload college ID Cards and Personal ID Proof (Aadhar Card, Voter ID etc). Shape your bright innovative business ideas into a Concept Note and upload it on http://www.ableindia.in/best2019/. Concept Notes will be evaluated for scientific temper, Innovation and commercialization potential. The applications would be short-listed by Juries.
Shortlisted 12 teams will make a 15-minute presentation to the jury over Skype on 29th February 2020.
The Top 3 winning teams will be invited to the Prize ceremony day during BioEconomy Conclave, Bengaluru, scheduled for March 12-13, 2020 at the J N Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

Webinars will be conducted by ABLE’s leadership team providing motivational talks to improve students skills to convert ideas into an effective business plan and introduce students to aspects like proof-of- concept, IPR, managing funds, licensing and strategic alliances for starting a venture through online.

The names of Shortlisted Top 12 teams will be announced on Wednesday, 12th February 2020.

Selection of the teams will be based on the following criteria:

  • Techno-economic feasibility / viability of the business idea.
  • The scientific merit of the idea.
  • Innovativeness of the idea

The Top 12 short listed teams will have to prepare a standard 10-slide Presentation for the final round before the jury members. ABLE leadership, program coordinators and others will assist the shortlisted teams to prepare these presentations.



ABLE has decided to organize BEST 2019 program this year using the latest communication technologies for interaction instead of a physical bootcamp.
Here is the schedule*.

February 07, 2020: Last date of Submitting Concept Notes & Executive Summary (Each college can send a maximum of TWO (2) entries.
February 12, 2020: Top 12 teams will be shortlisted for the finals.
February 15, 2020: Commencement of webinars
February 29, 2020: Top 12 Shortlisted Students teams will make 15-minute presentation to the jury over a teleconferencing facility
March 12-13, 2020: Announcement of winners and prize distribution during ABLE BioEconomy
Conclave at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

*Note: Certain information provided herein and Dates may be subject to change: Check the website for regular updates.

Bangalore, India

Organiser Details

By Team ABLE

  • : best@ableindia.org.in
  • : 08041636853