Getting involved in supervising and mentoring
Are you are a coach or seasoned entrepreneur with experience aligned with the entrepreneurial ecosystem? Are you looking for an opportunity to give back, grow your network and inspire future entrepreneurs?
We are recruiting supervisors for EnterpriseTECH and mentors for EnterpriseTECH STAR and believe you would find either (or both) of the roles rewarding and enjoyable.
These 2 inter-related roles that support the educational journeys of our EnterpriseTECH and EnterpriseTECH STAR programmes. Although they may sound similar, they are different functions in practice and draw on different styles of teaching techniques, knowledge exchange, and professional experience.
Our cohorts tend to comprise mostly STEM-based PhD researchers and postdocs with entrepreneurial aspirations from across Cambridge, but you don’t have to have a STEM background yourself or be a Cambridge alum!
My experience of supervising a team of PhD and postdoc researchers as part of the EnterpriseTECH programme here at Cambridge has been very positive. As an experienced mentor, having taught and supervised on several similar programmes at some of the world’s leading business schools, this programme stands out by the quality of both teaching and feedback. I was also impressed by the quality of the materials and how efficiently the programme is run, supporting students throughout the process, promoting a collaborative culture. It is a pleasure to be part of this community.
Which programmes are we recruiting for?
We are recruiting supervisors for EnterpriseTECH, our foundational programme that runs as a team-based activity. There’s around 10 teams per cohort, with 2 cohorts a year, about 120 students in all. We assign one supervisor per team and they provide structured supervisions informed by teaching frameworks that we provide.
We are also recruiting mentors for EnterpriseTECH STAR, and their role is to guide individual students in a more personalised and directed way as they evolve the early stages of their own business ideas.
Along with personal and professional growth opportunities, as supervisor and/or mentor you can connect with a diverse group of students, researchers, inventors, and others in similar supporting roles, which can lead to new or revitalised networking opportunities. An exciting part of being involved means there is the chance to work alongside innovative projects and fresh business ideation whilst gaining insights into emerging technologies, all of which can be a rewarding learning experience.
What background is required?
We look for people who have a broad set of teaching abilities in both established and emerging sectors, whose professional experience and expertise would enhance our programmes. Our supervisors and mentors include academics and professionals from the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
You will be an ideal fit if you have a PhD or equivalent scientific or technical knowledge and/or an MBA, and have experience in supervising university-level students and researchers, coaching startups, setting up your own business, or providing advice on early-stage business-related themes.
We are expanding our pool and actively seeking more women for both roles.
The exciting EnterpriseTECH programme engages a broad range of Cambridge staff and students in much more entrepreneurial ways than is traditional. I am impressed at the substantial application rate, indicating this programme is meeting a very relevant and timely need as Cambridge increasingly embraces innovation. With engaging short-term high-throughput learning across the year, EnterpriseTECH could substantially improve the innovative and entrepreneurial capital embedded within the Cambridge environment.