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 is now open for entries.

The business plan contest offers the chance for University postdocs to win early funding for their business ideas. The prizes to be awarded this year are:

£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 are running surgeries to help you with your application. If you would like help with your application, drop in to the Hauser Forum any Friday between now and 23 June between 10 and 12 and ask for Tania Balsa at reception.

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 will then pitch their ideas to the judges at the grand finale event on 2 November 2017 at Peterhouse College in Cambridge, when the two winners will be 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

Enter now by filling out the below application form, following the instructions and returning it to us. Good luck!

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.