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EnterpriseTECH and EnterpriseTECH STAR programme overviews

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Our two linked programmes, EnterpriseTECH and EnterpriseTECH STAR explore the processes involved in transforming early-stage technologies into commercial business opportunities, providing a practical learning experience for students, commercialisation insights for inventors and a platform for building an early-stage venture pathway. EnterpriseTECH runs twice a year and EnterpriseTECH STAR once a year.

Why is entrepreneurship education valuable?

Entrepreneurship education equips you with real-world business knowledge, empowering you to increase your capacity for generating ideas while developing the skills needed to make them happen. Building this personal capacity strengthens competencies that contribute to rewarding, self-determined lives that add social, cultural and economic value to society.

EnterpriseTECH is a three-month extracurricular programme that offers a stimulating team experience where learning-by-doing develops your intuitive decision-making and helps you identify business opportunities. It also builds skills around creative problem solving, innovating, strategic and design thinking, communicating, influencing, leading and increased financial and business literacy.

EnterpriseTECH STAR is an intensive 10-week extracurricular programme offered to graduates of EnterpriseTECH that help you evolve your own business idea in preparation for competitions, incubators and accelerators. 

Who can attend the programme as a student?

The programmes are designed for people studying for an undergraduate degree or engaged in research at the PhD or postdoctoral level or similarly experienced industry professionals. As a result, there is a strong STEM influence across the programmes. Our goal is to create a new generation of science-minded researchers who value entrepreneurial thinking, creativity, confidence-building and hands-on experience, curious and motivated to join or establish their own unique ventures or move into the business world.

Where do the projects and business ideas come from?

For EnterpriseTECH, we invite project proposals from inventors across academia, early-stage ventures and industry. Although more in the background, inventors play a prominent role in the learning experience for our students. Inventors are usually in a senior position within their organisation or are founders of new ventures themselves, e.g. academics, founders or CEOs. We generally select projects that reflect our funding interests and cohort profiles.

For EnterpriseTECH STAR, we look out for promising students eager to flesh out their own business ideas that lie in the Human or Earth spheres, e.g. new therapeutics, healthcare, genomics, climate emergency solutions, energy, food security, AI and deeptech.

The EnterpriseTECH suite of programmes fulfils an important mission within the remit of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School. It is the knowledge gateway for the undergraduate and graduate student body of the University of Cambridge, and others for whom we are opening to in 2020-21, to the entrepreneurial acumen and skills that underpin the economic and social value creation that characterises today’s competitive economy. It convenes inventors, students across all disciplines, and business practitioners to seed the next generation of the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem and in that respect, it complements the value that our departments across the University have been delivering. It is truly inspiring seeing the immense capabilities of this new generation of entrepreneurs and we, at the Entrepreneurship Centre, feel fortunate to be able to support them.
Stelios Kavadias, Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation and Growth, Co-Director of Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School.
The biggest thing that UK universities should do to create more innovative science-based businesses is not to get young scientists to do ever more research, but rather to teach them enterprise skills – such as how to talk to customers, how to discover customer needs, and how to structure business models. This is exactly what EnterpriseTECH teaches its students. By giving them a ready-made technology to work with in their projects, they are able to skip a lot of the upfront development work and gain direct experience at taking products to market. Experiences like this are invaluable in producing the next generation of deep-tech innovators.
Dr Tom J. Simmons, Founder and CEO, Supplant


Applications are now open. We review student applications on a rolling basis and offer places in advance of the published deadlines. All applicants have a short interview.

EnterpriseTECH Cohort 12

27 February – 26 May 2023
Inventor project proposal deadline: 16 January 2023
Student application deadline: 30 January 2023

Apply now