Publication scheme

A guide to the information we publish

This website contains much of the information that Cambridge Enterprise publishes. Many of the documents are in Word or PDF format and can be downloaded from the site free of charge.

Questions about the information included within the scheme, and requests for information that are not available on the Cambridge Enterprise website, should be addressed to the Information Officer. Email or write to:

Information Officer
Cambridge Enterprise Limited
University of Cambridge
3 Charles Babbage Road
Cambridge CB3 0GT

A small charge may be applied for printed copies of documents available on the Cambridge Enterprise website. Information that falls into the following categories is not published as part of the scheme:

  • information that Cambridge Enterprise does not hold
  • information that is exempt under one of the FOI exemptions or Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) exceptions, or its release is prohibited under another statute
  • information that is archived, out of date or otherwise inaccessible or if it would be impractical or resource-intensive to prepare the material for routine releases.

Company information

Cambridge Enterprise Limited was formed on 1 December 2006 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge. It is responsible for commercialisation arrangements for University discoveries.

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Cambridge Enterprise’s teams work in three overlapping areas:

  • Technology Transfer is focused on commercialising University knowledge and technology by working with academics, commercial partners and investors to bring ideas to market, assisting with the formation of new companies and developing licensing opportunities. The team handles the delivery of proof of concept funding, the arrangement of development funding opportunities (public and charitable), finding development partners and investors, and negotiating and managing commercial deals through licensing intellectual property including patents, know-how, data and copyright.
  • Consultancy Services supports researchers and postgraduate students to provide their expertise and know-how to organisations, offer fee-based expert advice and serve on scientific advisory boards. Consultancy Services handles the negotiation of contract terms and conditions, offers assistance with contract costing and pricing, formal arrangements for the use of University facilities, invoicing, debt collection and income distribution.
  • Seed Funds, the business creation and investment division of Cambridge Enterprise, supports students and academics  through direct investment as they build teams and raise the money they need to develop products from their research. Seed Funds creates partnerships, and links entrepreneurs with sources of angel and VC investing as well as mentors and management.

Who we are and what we do

Our mission

Structure and governance


What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information including income, investment and expenditure information can be found via Companies House and on the websites for Cambridge Enterprise and the University of Cambridge. Information from our websites can be downloaded free of charge, though there may be a charge for accessing information from Companies House or other independent websites.

Finance and performance – Annual review 2015

Annual accounts by using the appropriate company’s registered number (see below)

Procurement procedures

What our priorities are and how we’re faring

Strategy and performance information:

Annual reviews

Our performance

How we make decisions

Board minutes are available on request from Cambridge Enterprise; contact the Information Officer. Please state which company minutes you are requesting.

Our policies and procedures

Much of the information on the current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities can be found on the websites for Cambridge Enterprise or the University of Cambridge:

University of Cambridge IPR policy – licence fees are recovered in accordance with the University of Cambridge’s IPR policy.

Consultancy by members of the University of Cambridge

Financial regulations

Lists and registers

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority can be accessed on:

Registers of Directors and shareholder using the appropriate company’s registered number:

  • Cambridge Enterprise Limited company number: 1069886
  • Cambridge University Technical Services Limited company number: 5749230
  • Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds company number: 3878072.

Cambridge Enterprise equity portfolio

The services we offer

Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases and a description of the services offered can be found elsewhere on this website:

For academics, researchers and students:

Be a consultant

Develop a commercial opportunity

Start a company or social enterprise

Disclose an invention or idea

For industry, government and non-profits:

Find a consultant

Opportunities to invest

Available reagents

Available technologies

Press releases and news stories

Responsibility for the scheme

The publication scheme is regularly updated and Cambridge Enterprise welcomes feedback about both the information provided and the access to it. Comments should be directed to the Information Officer at the address at the top of this page.

Other formats

If you would like this scheme, or any of the information it covers, in a more accessible format, please contact the Information Officer to discuss additional ways in which the information may be made available to you.


The copyright in this publication scheme, and its contents, are reserved to Cambridge Enterprise Limited.


If you have any comments about this scheme or are not satisfied that information is being published in accordance with this scheme, you should contact the Information Officer in the first instance. If you are still dissatisfied, please write to Cambridge Enterprise’s Company Secretary who will arrange for the matter to be reviewed internally.

Company Secretary
Cambridge Enterprise Limited
University of Cambridge
3 Charles Babbage Road
Cambridge CB3 0GT

If, after the investigation of your complaint, you are still dissatisfied you may refer your complaint to the Information Commissioner.

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Review of the publication scheme

This publication scheme follows the standard format required by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) from January 2009. The guide to the information available and the operation of the scheme will be reviewed annually.

Image: Library shelf, courtesy the University of Cambridge.