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EnterpriseTECH PhD+

This stream of EnterpriseTECH has been created in response to a rising demand for innovation and entrepreneurship training across the University of Cambridge. We are launching it in September 2018. This programme is specifically for PhD students, postdocs and research-focussed staff. All participants that successfully complete the programme are awarded a Cambridge Judge Business School Certificate of Completion.

EnterpriseTECH equips scientifically-minded students with a commercial awareness of entrepreneurship. It changes how you see your own work and the work of others by giving you an eye for innovation. It should be beneficial for anyone thinking of working in the startup sector. Many graduates are now shunning the traditional large graduate employers in favour of science and tech SMEs.
Clement Moylan, Department of Physics, EnterpriseTECH student, 2018

If you would like to apply you will need to be available for all of the important dates below.

Monday 3 September EnterpriseTECH PhD+ Launch Night (evening)
Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 September Intensive lectures and workshops (all day)
Tuesday 27 November The 'Art of Pitching' workshop group 1 (evening)
Wednesday 28 November The 'Art of Pitching' workshop group 2 (evening)
Monday 10 December EnterpriseTECH PhD+ Pitch Night (evening)

EnterpriseTECH PhD+ supports the strategic challenges of UK Research and Innovation. Teams work on projects submitted by inventors from across the University, start-ups, companies and other organisations.

Our large-scale programme starts in September 2018 with 14 teams. The next EnterpriseTECH (for up to six teams) will run in December 2018. The lecture intensive is Tuesday 4 December to Thursday 6 December. The Launch Night is Monday 3 December and Pitch Night Wednesday 13 March. The deadline for applying will be 9 November.

The programme fee is £500 and we can offer these underwritten places supported by research council funding:

  • 12 places for EPSRC-funded PhD students from departments across the School of Physical Sciences and School of Technology.
  • 11 places for PhDs and postdocs from departments across the School of Biological Sciences whose research falls under the BBSRC remit.
  • Five places for early career academics and postdocs from departments across the School of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Applications are welcome from other PhD students, postdocs and research-focussed University staff. Please ensure the programme fee can be covered or reimbursed from an appropriate source (e.g. a training budget or departmental funding) when you submit your application.

Assessment

Six-minute team pitch Satisfactory participation on Wednesday 13 March
Two-minute team video Satisfactory submission
3,000-word team commercial feasibility report Satisfactory contribution and submission

All participants that successfully complete the programme are awarded a Cambridge Judge Business School Certificate of Completion. In order to be awarded this, participants must satisfy the general assessment requirements, and the video and report must be submitted by the deadline of Friday 15 March 2019. Assessments are graded as Fail, Pass or Distinction. Detailed feedback is sent back to teams.

EnterpriseTECH is a great insight into the challenges of commercialising a novel technology. It is a fun and intellectually stimulating programme where you have the opportunity to work within a team to develop creative solutions to business problems you could face in your future careers.
Sophie Williams, Faculty of Biology (Pathology), EnterpriseTECH student, 2018

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Applications for EnterpriseTECH PhD+ have now closed.