Postdoc competition

Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge EPOC run a business creation competition for postdocs of the University of Cambridge, a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship and an idea to explore. 

The competition will reopen for entries in May 2018.

The business plan competition offers University of Cambridge postdocs the chance to win early funding for their business ideas. The prizes awarded last year were:

£20k investment sponsored by Cambridge Enterprise

£10k investment sponsored by Cambridge Enterprise

To enter, postdocs must submit a business plan outlining their idea. Full details of what the plan must include can be found in the competition handbook. Cambridge Enterprise also run surgeries to help you with your application.

After the first selection round, semi-finalists will receive high-level mentoring from Cambridge Enterprise’s network to improve their plans and pitching training from pitching expert Adelina Chalmers.

Finalists pitched their ideas to the judges at the grand finale event on 1 November 2017 at Peterhouse College in Cambridge, when the two winners were selected.

Our business proposal for matching skills and people in developing countries is unusual in the technology orientated start-up space found in Cambridge. It was a positive surprise to not only be nominated as a winner of this competition, but also to receive great support during and after the competition to reach out to experts and connect with interested investors. On behalf of Netwookie, thank you Cambridge Enterprise and EPOC.

Max Bock, Netwookie founder and 2016 winner
  • Application form
  • Postdoc competition handbook
  • Template slide pack

Projects must be led by a current postdoc of the University or have a majority of team members who are current postdocs of the University. For an informal chat about your entry, contact Tania Balsa.

Guidelines on the competition can be found in the postdoc competition handbook.