Develop your skills
There are many sources of information, training and support for those interested in commercialising their research. Taking part in a programme or joining a club or society can provide valuable skills development and networking opportunities.
A good place to start
- Visit the Cambridge University Enterprise Network (CUEN), which acts as a portal to the various organisations involved in enterprise and innovation activities within the University.
- Have a look at the tool created by the University’s Research Strategy Office to help researchers plan their approach to creating impact from their research.
Interested in joining a University entrepreneurial society?
- Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC) aims to support postdocs in their pursuit of entrepreneurial careers, share opportunities and foster a multi-disciplinary network of entrepreneurial postdocs within the University.
- Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) organises one of the most successful student-run business planning and creation competitions in Europe.
- The Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC) is the leading student-run organisation at the University of Cambridge with a focus on technology venture capital.
Interested in formal programmes?
- i-Teams combines multi-disciplinary teams of students with industry mentors and real University inventions to assess the commercial viability of new technologies and product designs.
- Impulse is a high-impact entrepreneurial learning programme for tech innovators that aims to foster entrepreneurial culture and mindsets, by increasing the skills and careers options for researchers.
- Consultancy 101 is a free online course that explains more about sharing your knowledge and expertise with government, industry and the public sector by working with them as a paid consultant.
- Ignite is an intensive, one-week training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.
- Cambridge Social Ventures offers two main programmes – the Social Venture Weekend and a 12-month incubator programme – to support people who will drive their businesses forward to create real, scaleable, lasting social change.
Want to learn more about entrepreneurship?
- Go along to Enterprise Tuesday, a programme of free events run by the Judge Business School to introduce participants to the world of business, as well as to encourage and inspire individuals to pursue their entrepreneurial ambition.
- Talk to the Careers Service, which provides resources for those wanting to set up ‘conventional’ businesses, such as restaurants, fitness centres and photographic studios.
Looking to develop your entrepreneurial ideas?
- Enter the Postdoc Business Plan Competition run by Cambridge Enterprise and EPOC that provides support for postdoctoral entrepreneurs who wish to explore their business ideas.
- Enter Cambridge University Entrepreneurs’ (CUE) Ideas Take Flight competition. CUE runs one of the world’s most successful business creation competitions to support and accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation.
- Apply to Accelerate, a programme run by the Judge Business School, which offers a structured approach of three-month programmes combining entrepreneurship training, regular coaching and mentoring, and access to shared workspace.
- Apply for the Graduate Entrepreneur scheme for graduates of Cambridge University who have an outstanding business idea they want to put into practice in the UK.
- Get in touch with ideaSpace, which provides office space and resources for anyone looking to start a new, high impact company in Cambridge.
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