How we can help

Cambridge Enterprise helps students and staff commercialise their ideas and share knowledge gained from research. It’s our mission to make the world a better place by supporting the academic innovation that is responsible for creating products, services and advice that benefit the University, the UK and society on a global scale.

Cambridge Enterprise offers support to all of the University’s research fields, from science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine to the arts, humanities and social sciences. It is through us that many of the University’s inventions and ideas are protected, licences and consultancy contracts are negotiated, and funding is acquired by start-ups and spin-outs.

Together, our teams can help you develop business opportunities, obtain resources, find a commercial partner, manage contracts and provide business support from proof of concept to exit. So whether you have an idea that’s still germinating, expertise to share with organisations, have created intellectual property (IP) that needs protecting, or are ready to start a company and get your ideas to market, we’re here to help you achieve success.

Getting started

Teams from across our organisation bring together expertise in funding, consultancy services and IP management and licensing, to offer high quality support to the University’s staff, students and affiliates who want to commercialise their research or share their knowledge.

It’s never too early to get in touch with us, enabling us to advise you on the best routes for commercialisation.

Do you want to be a consultant?

Have you been approached by an organisation that wants your advice? Our Consultancy Services team gives staff, researchers and students support to use the expertise and know-how gained in research to provide advice to help external organisations; this includes but is not limited to fee-based expert witness advice and serving on scientific advisory boards. The team handles business negotiations, contracts, collection and distribution of fees and other administrative tasks that can otherwise distract from the transfer of knowledge.

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Need help managing your intellectual property (inventions, patents, licensing)?

Our Technology Transfer teams help researchers develop their ideas, technologies and inventions into opportunities that are attractive to industry and investors. Made up of two teams, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences, our Technology Transfer people provide help with developing commercial strategies, IP management, proof of concept funding, assisting with the formation of new companies and negotiating licensing opportunities.

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Do you want to start a company?

Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds supports students and academics through direct investment as they build teams and raise the finances they need to develop products from their research and build spin-out companies. It creates partnerships and links entrepreneurs with University seed funds and sources of angel and VC investment, as well as a network of mentors and management.

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Not sure where you fit in?

Contact us and we can point you in the right direction.

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