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 project titles.
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).