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Past projects

EnterpriseTECH projects.

EnterpriseTECH invites individuals or teams working on new technologies or who have a suitably developed idea in its early stages that have commercialisation potential to submit project proposals. We receive proposals from a range of sources such as research labs at the University of Cambridge, other research institutions, local startups, or from industry. You can apply to becoming an inventor here.

The challenge for mixed-discipline EnterpriseTECH student teams is to determine whether this new technology has commercial potential and, if so, what that route to market looks like.

Our project selection broadly aligns with the strategic research and innovation themes of UK Research and Innovation and UK research councils. These are some of our past projects since 2018.

  • A holographic-based platform for continuous clinical monitoring
  • Wearable biosensors for at-home rapid testing of vaginal microbiome
  • Aerosol delivery of vaccines to the lungs
  • Additive manufactured spinal fusion cages that conform to vertebral endplates
  • Smart Cerebral Shunt: Smart Shunts for Improving Remote Neurological Care
  • AdSpine: customisable spinal fusion cage
  • Low-cost PoC haemoglobin measuring device
  • Microdialysis sensor
  • Incremental micro dosage brain syringe
  • Central line protective disc against CRBI
  • Patient controlled analgesia device
  • Papworth mOrgan re-perfusor
  • Minimally invasive spinal cord stimulator
  • Disruptive medical imaging device for cancer surgery
  • Neurowire, neuron adapted transistor
  • Veterinary surgical robot and surgical planning software
  • Drug design using AI and quantum simulation for molecular design
  • COVID Targeting PROTACs 
  • Neo-psychedelic medicines 
  • A novel orthobiologic therapeutic
  • Nanoemulsion carriers for imaging and targeted cancer therapy
  • Next generation of drug delivery systems for hard-to-treat cancers
  • CircmiRs: Circular miRNA sponges
  • Cambridge Nucleomics: Multiplexed single-molecule detection of native RNA/ DNA at low concentration
  • Antibiotic discovery with organic electronic technology
  • Modifying genomes with integrases
  • StemBond hydrogels: a platform for cell culture and cell therapy
  • Flow synthesis of biologics
  • A novel, smarter technology to develop orally administered peptide therapeutics
  • DIOSynVax – digitally designed, immune, optimised, synthetic vaccines
  • Cancer WGS: Cancer diagnostics using whole-genome sequencing RNA trans-splicing technology for cancer
  • The OriCol™ sampling device
  • Deepskin, a new digital dermatoscope
  • Targeted microbubbles for glioblastoma drug delivery
  • Light-sheet microscopy for slide-free non-destructive pathology of large clinical specimens
  • COSMIC cancer mutation census
  • Precision delivery of veterinary information
  • PRE-SS – a platform to improve clinical success
  • Distributed ledger for managing patient data in clinical studies
  • Predictive analytics for personalised cancer care
  • AI in IVF treatment
  • Non-viral gene therapy for disease treatment
  • IVF Supplement: development of a therapeutic to enhance pregnancy success after IVF
  • Organic-inorganic hybrid direct conversion X-ray detector
  • High-resolution dynamic modelling of cellular processes 
  • Macrophage HT assay for preclinical screening of novel immuno-modulators
  • Opti-OX – an optimised inducible overexpression system
  • Novel Saccharomyces protein expression system
  • Micromining
  • Bacterial infection sample pot
  • Early detection of bacterial activity through microscopic cell analysis
  • Automated 3D printing surgical planning software for neonatal vessel reconstruction
  • A nanotechnology-based intelligent toilet to resolve biomarkers
  • In vivo engineering of immune cells
  • Aquaer, disinfection of air in hospital environments
  • Virtual reality in therapeutic medicine
  • The single cell ageing reporter clock
  • Oocyte, genomics-powered personalised pregnancy platform
  • The human experience scanner
  • Novel productivity device for focus management
  • Full-room daylight simulation lighting to combat SAD
  • A novel automated dietary intervention to enhance tracking of daily food intake
  • Game show: a game to improve episodic memory
  • The Smartmask™
  • A revolutionising hearing-assistance device for hearing impaired individuals
  • Life-long learning in the engineering and creative sectors
  • SDH-Safe, pesticide assessment on mitochondrial health
  • Method and apparatus for defining and communicating a unique identifier
  • System for sustainable rice straw management
  • An asparagus-picking robot
  • 3D printed synthetic biology hardware for sustainable food production
  • Automated imaging of nursery strawberry plants for health and quality
  • Quantitation of food-borne receptor-stimulants for safer, healthier processed foods
  • Topical deposition technology for in situ formation of antimicrobial dressings
  • Machine learning for automated identification of agricultural features from aerial imagery
  • Acidified nitrite to prevent spoilage of bagged cress
  • AI and drones for orchards
  • Growth of novel crops in controlled environment agriculture
  • Distributed machine learning for collaborative genomic marker accelerated breeding plant programmes
  • Machine learning for automated identification of agricultural features from aerial imagery
  • New tools for high-level gene expression, with bioluminescence as a demonstration platform 
  • Photo-bioreactor system for growing microalgae to extract valuable chemicals
  • A bio-electrochemical system using photosynthetic organism
  • A novel sheet forming approach to reduce scrap
  • Advanced materials for the future of infrastructure
  • EyeSea: optical recognition device for real-time conversion of analogue gauges to digital data
  • Indentation plastometry: a faster, cheaper, and easier method for portable mechanical testing
  • Additive Manufacturing Network
  • Bioceramics: paper, ash and resin
  • BioVox: electronic hand-held surface profiler
  • NanoLink: a multifunctional molecular species for nano-bio hybrid design
  • Blueberry Muffin: a chemical reaction control platform
  • Nano-carbon enabled coatings
  • Enabling wearable and textile electronics with printed electronic inks
  • Micron-scale metal foam wicks for improved electronics cooling
  • Cellulose photonic 2D pigments
  • 3D reconstruction of sports footage from a smartphone
  • An AI training algorithm to reduce data curation requirements by 100x
  • Automatic market maker for trading options on the blockchain
  • Behavioural Processing Unit
  • Optimal experimental design : Algorithms  for measuring biomolecular interactions
  • Parking data for cities: Leveraging vehicle data to create parking space in cities
  • TAU – A server-less messenger that compensates effort and removes middlemen
  • Hypertextual connections from within printed books and documents
  • IoT networks for a digital built Britain
  • Botprobe: making threat big data manageable
  • IoT in the circular economy
  • Global life science research tools marketplace
  • Blockchain-coded stable isotope-labelled compounds for anti-counterfeiting
  • AI bazaar: Vzzr artificial intelligence platform
  • Quantum keys
  • Mobile inventory system for medical devices
  • PION New Energy
  • Connect More : Travel Less
  • Connected-Autonomous Vehicles
  • Connected Wheelchair
  • FocalSun, a rooftop solar concentrator
  • HD all-weather sensor solution to meet the needs of the fully autonomous vehicle
  • A cellular vacuum insulation material
  • Distributed, small scale of green ammonia production using renewable energy
  • Autonomous solar powered aircraft
  • Methane capture from hydropower
  • Local air pollution reduction
  • Radical oxygen measuring device
  • Polar ocean observing system
  • A low carbon-monoxide stove
  • Seasonal predictions of air pollution
  • Rocket propulsion for NewSpace 
  • Autonomous, miniaturised, space lab for future space biofabrication, disease modelling, and manufacturing
  • Watercress protein
  • Lead acid battery recycling for informal markets in emerging economies
  • Roadmap for zero-carbon existing buildings
  • Camposite©, a planet-friendly replacement for plastics
  • Life-cycle assessment of critical materials in the construction sector
  • Plant protein materials


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: 30 January 2023

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Submit a project proposal

We welcome and review project proposals from inventors all year round. Please review the hard deadlines associated with each of the programme cohorts.

Cohort 12 project proposal deadline: Closed

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