EnterpriseTECH launched in September 2018 as an entry-level entrepreneurship programme, and we run it twice a year in extracurricular mode. It explores the processes involved in transforming early-stage technologies into commercial business opportunities, providing a learning experience for students and commercialisation insights for inventors.
Why is entrepreneurship education valuable?
Entrepreneurship education equips people with real-world business knowledge, empowering them to increase their capacity for generating ideas and developing the skills needed to make them happen. Building this personal entrepreneurship capacity strengthens competencies that contribute to rewarding, self-determined lives that add social, cultural and economic value to society.
EnterpriseTECH offers a stimulating environment where learning-by-doing develops intuitive decision-making, identifying opportunities, creative problem solving, innovating, strategic and design thinking, communicating, influencing, leading and increased financial and business literacy.
Who can attend the programme as a student?
The programme is designed for people studying for an undergraduate degree or engaged in research at the PhD or postdoctoral level or similarly experienced industry researchers. There is a strong STEM influence across the programme. To date, more than 500 students and researchers have attended, working on over 90 early-stage novel technology projects – high numbers of Cambridge researchers attend and an increasing number of students from other UK universities.
Our goal is to build a generation of science-minded researchers who place entrepreneurial thinking, creativity, confidence and experience central to their being, who are motivated to join new ventures or build their own.
Where do the projects come from?
We invite project proposals from across academia, early-stage ventures and industry. Although more in the background, inventors play a central role in the learning experience. They are usually in a senior position within their institution or organisation, e.g. senior academics, founders or CEO/CxOs. We select projects that reflect the interests of the funding we receive, including the Medical Research Council, the Engineering a Physical Sciences Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Research Council through the University of Cambridge.