How we help University members

Helping you to create beneficial impact from your ideas and expertise is at the heart of what we do. It is how we support the University of Cambridge’s mission to contribute to society at the highest international levels of excellence. 

Wembark on a journey with youexpertly guiding and mentoring you through the process of developing ideas and inventions into commercial and social enterprise opportunities. There are different routes to commercialisation open to you and the process can both inform your research and create external impact.   

It’s never too early to get in touch with us, either for help managing discussions with an external organisation, or for advice on the best routes for commercialisation.

Ware experienced in creating beneficial impact from research originating from across the University’s six Schools. 

Your commercialisation options

Support for academic consultancy 

We help you to offer youexpertise to third parties through consultancy contracts, providing comprehensive administrative support including professional indemnity cover.  

Developing and licensing intellectual property (IP) 

Innovative research generates a broad range of valuable IP which we can help you understand, manage and protect. We can advise you on your IP Rights as well as the University’s IP and Revenue Sharing Policies. If you decide to license your IP, we can manage the terms of the contract on your behalf. Our expertise extends to the particular requirements involved in licensing research tools, including reagents and software.  

Company and social enterprise creation 

When the commercialisation process leads to setting up a company or social enterprise, we can advise on developing your business plan and strategy and connect you to experts, mentors and investors. Our investment fund enables us to support ideas at the earliest stages of development. Financial returns are reinvested in the fund to support the next generation of ideas. 



Image: The Hauser Forum at night.