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EnterpriseTECH PhD+

EnterpriseTECH PhD+ is for PhD students, postdocs and research-focussed staff. With this stream, we aim to inspire and motivate students to get involved in the research/startup interface. The type of inventions (projects) we select for PhD+ can be varied in how early-stage they are as well as how challenging and we support the strategic challenges of UK Research and Innovation. In general, our projects tend to be business to business platform technologies. As might be expected for the Cambridge cluster, there is an emphasis on the physical, life and medical sciences as well as engineering and technology.

EnterpriseTECH requires a considerable amount of personal dedication and motivation to get the best out of it. In addition to the 30-hour immersive lecture and workshop experience, we recommend setting aside around a further 50-hours of personal time for the team project work and supervisions. Individuals who apply must be ready to commit for the duration of the programme from Launch Night to Pitch Night and the spell in between.

September 2019 Immersion

Application deadline 7 June 2019

Wednesday 4 September 2019 EnterpriseTECH Launch Night (evening)
Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 September 2019 (inclusive) Intensive lectures series (all day)
Wednesday 11 December 2019 Pitch Night (evening)
Friday 13 December 2019 Assessment deadline  

December 2019 Immersion

Application deadline 25 October 2019

Wednesday 4 December 2019 EnterpriseTECH Launch Night (evening)
Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 December 2019 (inclusive) Intensive lectures series (all day)
Wednesday 4 March 2020 Pitch Night (evening)
Friday 13 March 2020 Assessment deadline  

Team assessment

We regard attendance and participation in all elements of project work and assessment as part of the professionalism we expect from all of our cohorts. With this in mind, those individuals who successfully complete the programme are eligible for a CJBS Certificate of Completion. Assessments are graded as Fail, Pass or Distinction and we send detailed feedback to all of our teams.

Six-minute team pitch Compulsory participation on Pitch Night
Short video Satisfactory submission by deadline
3,000-word team commercial feasibility report Satisfactory submission by deadline

How to apply

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and we foresee a waiting list. There is a programme fee associated with EnterpriseTECH which is £500. However, we are able to offer underwritten places to individuals who apply that fit certain funding criteria.

  • EPSRC NPIF - only for EPSRC-funded PhD students across the School of Technology and the School of Physical Sciences
  • EPSRC IAA - for any postdoctoral researcher across the School of Technology and the School of Physical Sciences (irrespective of funding)
  • BBSRC - for any PhD student or postdoctoral researcher across the School of Biological Sciences (irrespective of funding)
  • Graduate School of Life Sciences - for any PhD student or postdoctoral researcher across the School of Clinical Medicine and the School of Biological Sciences (irrespective of funding)
  • ESRC - for any Social Sciences postdoctoral researcher (irrespective of school)

If you do not fit this funding criteria, please still apply and we will see what we can do to help you secure the funding from elsewhere or through a bursary.

Apply online

EnterpriseTECH has been an amazing learning experience. It's provided me with a crash course in entrepreneurship as well as hands-on business development experience. Working together with my team to pragmatically help a startup has been the most rewarding part of this journey as I got to see what the day to day work in a startup really is. EnterpriseTECH has helped me develop skills that will no doubt benefit my future employment and it has given me inspiration for my long-term career.
Tommaso Busolo, PhD student, Materials Science and Metallurgy
Tommaso Busolo
It has been a challenging programme but totally worth it! Not only did I learn about basic business skills but also about team work, leadership and about myself. Now, I feel more confident interacting with the business world and have a better understanding of the link between research and innovation. With my work, I want to contribute to the general knowledge but I also want my discoveries to make it to the next step and to benefit society. EnterpriseTECH, with its business lectures, team building workshops and pitch night, gave me the skill set to communicate between business and science.
Sina Schack, PhD student, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Sina Schack


Apply for EnterpriseTECH PhD+

Apply by 7 Jun 2019

Submit a project proposal

Download the project proposal form (docx, 53KB)

Next deadline: Friday 7 June 2019

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