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EnterpriseTECH and EnterpriseTECH STAR are unique educational experiences geared towards learning about entrepreneurship. EnterpriseTECH is a team-based activity focused on experiential learning, whilst EnterpriseTECH STAR is for alums to start crafting their business ideas whilst growing personally as entrepreneurs. 

We welcome applications to become a student on EnterpriseTECH from anyone anywhere, although our cohorts are mainly science and engineering researchers. We also seek applications from inventors with real-world commercial feasibility project proposals. 

Upcoming deadlines:

  • EnterpriseTECH student applications: 30 January 2023
  • EnterpriseTECH STAR: 13 March 2023

For Cohort 12, we have ten fully-funded places for postdoctoral researchers at Cambridge and places for researchers at Babraham. See Fees and Funding.

In four years, over 640 students (incl. 62% PhD students, 12% postdocs) have earned Certificates of Completion from EnterpriseTECH, and 130 inventors have benefited from the work conducted by our student teams on EnterpriseTECH. We have also progressed 54 EnterpriseTECH STAR entrepreneurs, many of whom have gone on to raise seed funding for their ventures.

Programme overviews

EnterpriseTECH and EnterpriseTECH STAR are opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship in a practical way that fits around busy research-centred and academic lives. Our goal is to enable onward journeys to establish new ventures.

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Become a supervisor

Supervising a team or individual student with entrepreneurial aspirations is a rewarding opportunity to expand your coaching skills around early-phase innovation development and extend your Cambridge entrepreneurship network.

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Our flagship extracurricular programme offers a foundation in entrepreneurship with practical application to a real-world commercialisation project. Boost your employability and enterprise skills as well as your business networks.

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Inventors: submit a project proposal

Are you involved in the early stages of development of a novel technology? Discover more about its market potential in a bespoke commercial feasibility report by engaging with EnterpriseTECH as an inventor.

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EnterpriseTECH STAR

Doubling up as a personal growth programme and incubating environment, we look for outstanding individuals passionate about creating change in the world through innovative new business ideas.

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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.


Applications are now open. We review student applications on a rolling basis and offer places in advance of the published deadlines. All applicants have a short interview.

EnterpriseTECH Cohort 12

27 February – 26 May 2023
Inventor project proposal deadline: Closed
Student application deadline: Closed

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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