How we can help

Cambridge Enterprise helps staff and students commercialise their ideas and share knowledge gained from research.

Cambridge Enterprise offers support to all the University’s research fields, from engineering, maths and medicine, to the arts, humanities and social sciences. It is through us that many of the ideas from University research are developed into opportunities attractive to companies, licensing and consultancy contracts are agreed, and funding is acquired by start-ups and spin-outs.

Whether you have an idea that’s still germinating, expertise to share with organisations, research findings that have raised commercial interest, or are ready to start a company and get your ideas to market, we’re here to help you achieve success.

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.

Do you have an idea with commercial potential?

The Technology Transfer team works with researchers wanting to develop their ideas, technologies and inventions into opportunities that are attractive to industry and investors. The team can advise on, facilitate and coordinate the resources required to develop and implement commercialisation strategies. By assisting with market assessment, intellectual property management, proof of concept funding and management of licensing opportunities, the team helps you achieve impact from your ideas.

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Do you want to start a company?

The Seed Funds team supports academics and students through direct investment, allowing them to build teams and raise the finances they need to develop products from their research and to build spin-out companies. The team link 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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Do you want to be a consultant?

Have you been approached by an organisation that wants your advice? The Consultancy Services team supports staff, researchers and students to use their expertise and know-how gained in research to provide advice to external organisations. This includes solving commercial problems, consultancy support to spin-outs, expert witness advice and serving on scientific advisory boards. The team handles business negotiations, contracts and the collection and distribution of fees. You will also automatically be covered by the University’s insurance policies, including professional indemnity.

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Not sure where you fit in?

PDF versions of our Commercialising University research – a guide for researchers and Commercialising University research – a guide for postdocs leaflets are available for download.

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

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