Events

Cambridge Enterprise holds a series of events throughout the academic year, providing information and training on several aspects of the commercialisation process, including information on intellectual property (IP), how-to workshops on company creation and consultancy, and Q&A sessions with industry experts. These events are open to all University academics and staff.

If you would like Cambridge Enterprise to host an event for your University department or research group, or would be interested in having a speaker from Cambridge Enterprise at your next event, please email us.

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How to launch a software startup – a guide for researchers

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Guidance and support on how to form your own startup company

Thinking of starting your own company, or looking to join an agile, growing startup?

Cambridge Enterprise shall be hosting this lunchtime talk to help researchers and students at the University of Cambridge, understand what support is available to them, providing real world, practical advice on how to get started as an entrepreneur.

This session will focus mainly on software-based start-ups, but much of the advice will be applicable across a range of sectors.

Event details:

  • Date: Tuesday 22nd October 2019
  • Time: 12.45-1.45 pm (pizza from 12.30)
  • Location:  Rayleigh Seminar Room, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thompson Avenue.

What’s included:

  • Guidance from Cambridge Enterprise staff: James Thomas, Senior Investment Associate at Cambridge Enterprise, will speak about what support is available for those wishing to form their own start-ups, including: investment, mentoring and training programmes.
  • Advice from an academic founder: get first-hand guidance from your University peers, including details of their journey so far, and how to make the jump from University academic to successful entrepreneur.

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Postdoc Business Plan Competition – Grand Finale 2019

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See six postdoc finalists pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win investment in their business idea

The format to the Grand Finale of the Postdoc Business Plan Competition is similar to that observed in Dragon’s Den; attendees will see six finalists pitching their business ideas to a panel of expert judges.

The audience shall comprise some 130+ attendees, made up of academics, researchers, postgraduate students, University staff, business experts/mentors, the Cambridge Enterprise Investment Committee, members of the Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partner network and others closely aligned to the entrepreneurial ecosystem within Cambridge. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded.

Event details:

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*Please make sure to register by Monday 28th October 2019.

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Creative Cambridge

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Supporting university-industry collaborations in the creative sector

Creative Cambridge is a free one-day event to spark constructive conversations between Cambridge researchers and industry experts in the creative sector.

A programme of talks, round-tables, pitches and a networking lunch will highlight some of the best work of academics in the humanities, social sciences and technology, address challenges and identify opportunities for industry collaboration.

Event details:

  • Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
  • Time: 9.30-5 pm
  • Location: McGrath Centre, Trumpington Street, Cambridge.

What’s included:

  • Inspiring speakers from the Cambridge cluster and beyond.
  • Researcher and industry perspectives on new themes in creativity research.
  • Quick pitches and informal case studies from new university ventures, collaborative projects and start-ups.
  • Guidance on how the University can facilitate R&D collaborations.

Who is the event for?

The event is for professionals in the Creative Industries and academic researchers working in related fields. We especially welcome attendees from start-ups and SMEs in the Cambridge area. Uncover collaboration opportunities in animation, games, video, film, music, museums and heritage, design, performance, EdTech and immersive technologies.