Date 31 October 2023
Time 09:00
Location The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street

Do you have an idea, invention or innovation that you think could make a real impact? Or are you interested in understanding how other researchers work in industry-facing and entrepreneurial ways to build innovations based on their work?

Part of the University, Cambridge Enterprise works with you to help turn your ideas into reality for the benefit of society.

This half-day, interactive, workshop is open to University of Cambridge members who are considering or are in the process of commercialising their research and expertise. It will provide helpful tools and ways of thinking about developing innovations such as new technologies, drugs, methods, software or interventions. The session will focus on the journey of an innovation from research to real-world impact.

What the workshop covers:

  • Understanding the key considerations when commercialising innovations from research, with real life examples.
  • Practical advice on where to find support with intellectual property, market research, translational funding and relevant skills training.
  • How to work with Cambridge Enterprise to evaluate a new idea and its potential commercialisation pathways.

This workshop is also an opportunity to build a network of like-minded people interested in creating social benefit from cutting edge work of the Cambridge academic community.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this half day session, you’ll have:

  • Understood how to identify external stakeholders who would have an interest in your research innovation.
  • Understood the basics of why and how to protect commercially valuable intellectual property which arises from research.
  • Understood what a licence is, how it can be used to bring research innovations into industry settings and how to scale impact.
  • Understood the types of innovation and impact acceleration funding that can be used for research commercialisation projects.
  • Gained knowledge and confidence about how to interact with Cambridge Enterprise and with entrepreneurship and commercialisation support across the wider university.

This workshop is open to researchers at any career stage and anyone involved in supporting research, in any department or discipline in the university. The training is suitable both for people who are already developing an idea or who are interested in engaging with commercialisation, innovation or enterprise for the first time.

Workshop details:

  • Date: 31st October
  • Time: 9.00 – 9:30 am – 1:30 pm (Lunch provided)
  • Location: The Pitt Building, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RP


*Please note: this event is open to members of the University of Cambridge only.

Ideas to Reality Programme

This event is part of Cambridge Enterprise’s Ideas to Reality Programme which is designed to provide members of the University with the guidance and tools to translate their ideas, research and expertise into real-world impact.

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