Cambridge Enterprise runs events to provide information and training on all 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 contact Robert Ince.

Cambridge Enterprise Intellectual Property Seminar for Postdocs

Delivered by Marks & Clark LLP

Thursday 26 April 2018, 6–8pm (refreshments provided), Sanders Hall, The Postdoc Centre, Eddington

Cambridge Enterprise are holding an intellectual property seminar with Marks & Clark LLP to help postdocs understand more about managing their own intellectual property.

Marks and Clerk have long been recognised as one of the leading patent, trade mark attorney and intellectual property law firms across the globe. The seminar shall provide a basic understanding of how to develop, commercialise and manage intellectual property (IP).

This workshop will cover:

  • What intellectual property is
  • Why it is important
  • How to get from concept to patent application
  • Best practices and common mistakes
  • Commercialisation of IP
  • Considerations for making sure a company is a success
  • Contracts – common pitfalls
  • Particular issues linked with investment/M&A.

We welcome all University of Cambridge postdocs.

Places for this free event are limited. Register here.

Writing a business plan: a guide for University of Cambridge postdocs – with Adelina Chalmers

Wednesday 16 May 2018, 5.30–7.30pm (refreshments provided), Rayleigh Seminar Room, Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Avenue

Are you a postdoc engaged in innovative research? Are you looking to start a company? Perhaps you’ve got an idea, but you need help getting it down on paper?

If so, Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC) are holding a workshop on the skills you will need to get your idea off the ground – run by Adelina Chalmers a.k.a. “The Geek Whisperer”.

Adelina helps Cambridge University start-ups secure millions of pounds of investment and specialises in helping researchers become entrepreneurs.

This workshop will cover:

  • The dos and don’ts of writing a business plan
  • How do decide for yourself if this is a business with real potential
  • If applying to competition: what the judges will want to see in your application and why.

Held in conjunction with the 2018 Postdoc Business Plan Competition, open for entries from the 2nd May, participants will find this event useful either as a standalone workshop or if planning to enter the competition. Postdocs are welcome to enter the competition with any idea, even if it is not related to their research at the University.

“With her unique skills and experiences, Adelina serves as the interpreter to help you reconstruct your business story, to make sure the audience can understand your excellent science, and realise its business potential. To transit from an academic researcher to an entrepreneur, Adelina’s workshop would be an ideal place to get something started. ”

– Hanbin Ma, First Prize Winner, 2017 Postdoc Business Plan Competition.

*Please note: This workshop is strictly for University of Cambridge postdocs only.

Places for this free event are limited. Register here.