Mission, goals and principles

Cambridge Enterprise exists to help University of Cambridge inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs make their ideas and concepts more commercially successful for the benefit of society, the UK economy, the inventors and the University.

Cambridge Enterprise's goal is to take the most promising ideas forward through intellectual property rights (IPR) licensing, new venture creation and consultancy.


Throughout our work we aim to:

  • build strong relationships with University academics to encourage disclosure and cooperative management of the most promising innovations
  • make significant, measurable progress toward financial sustainability to drive long-term benefits to academics, Departments and University
  • be an attractive partner for industry and investors to take University ideas forward through commercial channels

Cambridge Enterprise abides by seven principles:

  • To accept cases into the portfolio with the strongest potential to make a significant positive impact and where using commercial channels is the most reasonable means to carry the idea forward
  • To take the course which supports commercialisation of the technology and work creatively to add value (or de-risk) the technology through the use of patent, proof of concept and evaluation and assessment resources
  • To work effectively with inventors to support their aspirations, manage conflicts and encourage synergy with the mission of the University
  • Find the best partner to take the idea forward
  • Negotiate fair and reasonable terms which reflect the contribution of the assets and expertise being transferred
  • Negotiate and close the greatest number of the best possible deals
  • Look after the deals once they are closed to encourage commercialisation and optimise returns