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Opportunities for inventors

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We want to engage with individuals or teams working on a novel technology or who have a really great idea in the very early stages of development that has commercialisation potential.

We are keen to encourage project proposals from senior lab members and PIs across the University, other research institutions, local startups, and SMEs. These can be submitted online using our proposal form. After the deadline, projects are shortlisted. We then meet each inventor to discuss their proposal in more detail, whilst outlining the expectations we have regarding their participation in the programme.

We choose projects based on a several broad criteria.

  • We aim to align with the strategic research and innovation themes of UK Research and Innovation.
  • We look at the spread of submitted projects in terms of their current status (e.g. potential viability, inventor engagement/experience, momentum) and opt for a diverse selection.
  • We look at the composition of the cohort (typically physical and biological scientists, engineers and medics at present) and aim to offer projects that will be intellectually stimulating and of broad general interest to their areas of specialisation.

See some of our project titles. Please contact Programme Director Dr Rebecca Myers to discuss your project further if you have any questions.

The programme outcomes give inventors an early assessment of their technology in terms of IP position, applications, commercial advantages, target markets, size and growth rates, competitors, SWOT analysis or similar, potential partners and business models. They also receive a commercial feasibility report prepared by their allocated team of Cambridge students.

If your project is accepted, inventors commit to:

  • attend Launch Night and give a five-minute flash talk on your technology and meet your team
  • 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.

Confidentiality Disclosure Agreements

All project work is subject to our 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.

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)
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 (2018)

Submit a project proposal

Download the project proposal form (docx, 53KB)

Next deadline: 30 October 2020

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Contact us

General enquiries

+44 (0)1223 766181

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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