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Become a supervisor for EnterpriseTECH


Supervising a team of Cambridge students and researchers with entrepreneurial aspirations presents a unique opportunity to expand your teaching repertoire around early-phase innovation development.

Your team will carry out a commercial feasibility study on a piece of new science or technology (submitted by an inventor) producing a 3,000-word report at the end. Your role will be to guide them.

The contribution our supervisors make is valuable on many levels - not least the impression your team receives about the possibilities that lie at this fertile interface of technology and entrepreneurship. We offer a modest stipend (based on standard rates for University supervision) representing ten hours of work. You join us for the rewarding experience and networking opportunities more than the financial reward.

What will I have to do?

You must be able to attend two dates: Launch Night and Pitch Night held at Cambridge Judge Business School after 17:00.

  • September cohort (PhD+): Launch Night 4 September 2019, Pitch Night 11 December 2019
  • December cohort (Graduate/PhD+): Launch Night 4 December 2019, Pitch Night 4 March 2020
  • Lent cohort (UG) Launch Night 16 January 2020, Pitch Night 11 March 2020

In between, you provide three supervisions for your assigned team on mutually agreed dates. These take place in the breakout spaces around Cambridge Judge Business School. Each supervision lasts for up to 90 minutes. Key themes form a loose structure underlying the supervisions to ensure timely progression of the project.

All teams have some form of assessment. You will help ensure your team is match-fit by tracking their progress on their project. We expect you to provide a rich and intellectual learning environment for your teams. There are sample reports for illustration purposes.

What background should I have?

Our supervisors have a broad set of coaching skills in many established and emerging sectors. They bring professional experience and knowledge expertise that enriches the whole programme.

We provide supervisions using a mix of academics and external professionals. We aim to secure good matches between projects and supervisors to maximise the overall experience for all participants and contributors.

You are likely to be a good fit if you have a PhD, masters or MBA and/or experience mentoring students, coaching startups, setting up your own business or advising other people on their businesses. We are keen to develop our pool of appropriately qualified supervisors with science, medicine and engineering backgrounds.

What some of our supervisors have to say

The biggest thing that UK universities should do to create more innovative science-based businesses is not to get young scientists to do ever more research, but rather to teach them enterprise skills – such as how to talk to customers, how to discover customer needs, and how to structure business models. This is exactly what EnterpriseTECH teaches its students. By giving them a ready-made technology to work with in their projects, they are able to skip a lot of the upfront development work and gain direct experience at taking products to market. Experiences like this are invaluable in producing the next generation of deep-tech innovators.
Dr Thomas J. Simmons CEO Cambridge Glycoscience
EnterpriseTECH is an exciting new programme at Cambridge Judge Business School aimed at engaging 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.
Dr Simon Forbes Head of COSMIC, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge
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.

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General enquiries

+44 (0)1223 766181

Supervisor enquiries

Programme Director
Dr Rebecca Myers ARCS