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EnterpriseTECH is an extracurricular entrepreneurship programme with lectures, workshops, supervisions and a team project investigating the commercialisation potential of an early-stage or emerging technology.

People who attend EnterpriseTECH as students are generally postgraduate level researchers and postdocs from the University of Cambridge. We also accept a small number of undergraduates and research-based senior staff. In addition, we have growing numbers of people who attend from outside of the Cambridge system.

We select our real-world projects for the programme from academic labs, early-stage ventures and corporate innovation labs that student teams are assigned.

Applications are open for attending as a student or submitting a project proposal for our last presentation for this academic year that begins in December 2021.

Programme overview

EnterpriseTECH is a real-world learning experience with a lecture series, workshops and a project providing an intellectual and practical foundation in entrepreneurship. This learning-by-doing team-based programme is 12-weeks long and runs twice a year with starts in September and December.

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EnterpriseTECH PG

Designed for postgraduates, postdocs and similarly experienced industry professionals. This intensive extracurricular programme offers a foundation in entrepreneurship with practical application to a commercialisation project.

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EnterpriseTECH UG

Undergraduates can attend our December-March presentation of the programme as an extracurricular activity. It is an excellent learning experience to boost employability and business skills as well as build new networks.

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EnterpriseTECH STAR

This competitive entry programme is for graduates of EnterpriseTECH who are keen to develop their own business ventures. The programme starts in March. The annual cohort is limited to 20 students and we also accept applications from current EnterpriseTECH students yet to complete the programme.

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Inventors: submit a project proposal

Are you an inventor with a novel technology in the early stages of development? Discover the commercial potential of your product and pathways out of the lab or off the bench.

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Become a supervisor

Supervising a team with entrepreneurial aspirations is an opportunity to expand your coaching skills around early-phase innovation development and engage with the programme network.

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Our sponsors

Our valued business and corporate sponsors help us create more opportunities for aspiring researcher-entrepreneurs to attend.

We also work with funding partners across the University of Cambridge to provide UK research council funded places.

  • UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
  • UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council..
  • UKRI Medial Research Council.
  • UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • UKRI Economic and Social Research Council.


EnterpriseTECH 2021/22

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please expect to have a short interview.


PG I runs 21 September-17 December. Applications now closed.

PG II runs 7 December-11 March. Applications now closed.


UG I runs 7 December-11 March. Applications now closed.

EnterpriseTECH STAR

Applicants must submit a pre-application by 18 January and attend an information session.

Full application deadline 7 February.

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The EnterpriseTECH STAR experience

We interviewed EnterpriseTECH STAR participants to get their views on what it means for them and how it benefits those who attend.

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Submit a project proposal

We are inviting applications to submit project proposals for EnterpriseTECH 2021/22 academic year.

Applications now closed.

Become a supervisor

Please fill out our online form if you’d like to get involved in supervising our EnterpriseTECH students.

Apply to become a supervisor

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