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Opportunities for inventors

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We invite proposals from a wide range of inventors within the University, from startups, SMEs, large companies and other organisations. We are looking to engage with individuals or teams who are working on a novel technology or have a really great idea in the very early stages of development that has commercialisation potential.

The outcomes of this programme will give inventors an early assessment of their technology in terms of Intellectual Property (IP) position, application, commercial advantages, target markets, size and growth rates, competitors, SWOT analysis or similar, potential partners and business models, concluding with recommended next steps.

Inventors receive a 3,000-word commercial feasibility report prepared by their allocated team at the University of Cambridge, amounting to 250 hours of dedicated team effort. For many teams, this programme is rigorously assessed and forms between seven to 16 per cent of the marks available for a given year.

Our teams are from science, engineering, clinical and humanities backgrounds.

Engaging with this programme has improved our commercial knowledge, and helped us to identify key issues with our invention that require improvement in order to improve its commercial viability. The students' exceptional market analysis has been taken on board and used to strengthen funding applications to improve technical aspects of our device, and bring our product closer to the market.
Dr Steven Campbell, Department of Chemistry, EnterpriseTECH Inventor, Cambridge, 2018

What sort of projects are you looking for?

A large number of our project requirements fall into the scientific, technological, medical, engineering or sustainability areas. See the titles of projects from this academic year

Project areas we are keen to cover but not limited by are: Sustainable future, environment and climate change, future manufacturing and infrastructure, agriculture, food production and security, biotechnology and bioenergy, energy and transportation, data and digital economy, cancer, AI, healthcare technologies, drug discovery and development, mental well-being and diet, bioscience for health, quantum technologies.

Please contact Programme Director Dr Rebecca Myers to discuss your project further if you have any questions.

What do I have to do?

Submit a short proposal using the downloadable form (docx, 53KB). We review and accept proposals on a rolling basis. If your proposal is accepted, you will have a personal or Skype meeting with the Programme Director to clarify fine details.

When do I have to do this by?

We have two deadlines per year: 15 October and 15 June.

On acceptance, you are committing to:

  • attend Launch Night and give a five-minute general presentation about your technology and meet your team
  • answer questions arising and be available for two meetings (in person or by Skype) with your team during the research spell
  • attend Pitch Night
  • write feedback for your team after receiving the commercial feasibility report. This does not form part of their assessment but is extremely valuable for (and appreciated by) the teams.

What about confidentiality?

All project work is subject to a strict Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement policy set out by the University of Cambridge Research Office. If you are a company or non-University organisation, we set up a non-disclosure agreement between the University and yourselves. All students, contributors and business supervisors sign our standard CDAs.

EnterpriseTECH allowed us to explore potential innovation with engaging young engineers. This has challenged our assumptions and led to new ideas for further development. EnterpriseTECH has been a valuable yet very affordable part of our innovation process. The recognised quality stamp of the University of Cambridge helps to generate enthusiasm within the company that is essential for developing new innovations.
Daniel Smith, Royal HaskoningDHV, EnterpriseTECH Inventor, 2018

Submit a project proposal

Download the project proposal form (docx, 53KB)

Next deadline: 13 Dec 2018

Contact us

General enquiries

+44 (0)1223 765329

Proposal enquiries

Programme Director
Dr Rebecca Myers ARCS

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

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