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Opportunities for inventors

EnterpriseTECH inventor.

Would you like to find out if your early-stage research results or new or novel technology has commercial potential? Are you aiming to start a new business or have you set up a new company already?

Applications are open for submitting project proposals for student teams to work on as part of their learning experience on EnterpriseTECH. Your submission should be based on a new technology or suitably developed idea in the early stages of development. We welcome applications from academic and industrial research labs, young ventures, and other organisations. The majority of our applications come from senior academic leads, CEOs and founders of early-stage ventures and SMEs. We usually look to select around 15 projects per cohort.

What are the benefits for you?

At the end of the programme, inventors receive a 3000-word commercial feasibility report of their technology, including IP position, applications, commercial advantages, target markets, size and growth rates, competitors, SWOT analysis, potential partners and possible business models.

If shortlisted, we will invite you to an interview to discuss your proposal, how the programme works and your contribution to the students’ learning experience.

What will I have to do?

The programme participation and commercial feasibility report are free for the inventor. However, we expect our inventors to:

  • attend an information session before the programme begins
  • attend the Launch Night, give a five-minute flash talk, and meet the student team and their business supervisor
  • host at least two meetings with your team during the research spell, which is  around 12 weeks
  • attend Pitch Night to support your team
  • Provide written feedback for your team on the commercial feasibility report, pitch deck and video infomercial.

What projects would be suitable?

Our cohorts tend to be predominantly STEM PhD students so we aim to offer intellectually stimulating projects of broad interest to their areas of specialisation. As many of our students are funded with UK research council funding, we also aim to align the selection process with the strategic themes of UK Research and Innovation. See some of our past projects

Intellectual property and confidentiality

All project work is subject to a Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) policy set out by the University of Cambridge. All students, contributors and business supervisors sign our standard CDA. All IP remains vested entirely in the inventor(s).

I was fortunate enough to work with a fantastic group of students from different academic backgrounds. My product, a novel food packaging to delay food spoilage, was at a stage where we had proven the theory and demonstrated efficacy in basic prototypes. What we really needed was a deeper understanding of the market, the intellectual property landscape in the field, and a general outside opinion as we were aware it can be easy to become blinkered with your own project. The team, led by an experienced business mentor, certainly delivered this for us. We have received an invaluable report on our project with forecasted milestones, potential hurdles and considerations for us moving forward. It is clear from the final report the team have gained a much deeper understanding of product development, making them experts in a field outside their own area of expertise. I have no doubt this will be of huge benefit in their own careers and entrepreneurial activities. For me personally being on this journey, I feel my own learning has greatly improved in entrepreneurial activities and am looking forward to continuing my relationship with EnterpriseTECH.
Dr Kyle J. Stewart MBChB BMedSc PGCE Med Ed, NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow, EnterpriseTECH Inventor (2019-20)

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.

Submit a proposal

Inventor insights

Watch video interviews with inventors and contributors at EnterpriseTECH sharing their experience and views of the programme.

Watch the interviews