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EnterpriseTECH programme overview.

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.

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

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EnterpriseTECH 2021/22

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please expect to have a short interview.

Postgraduate

PG I runs 21 September-17 December. Applications now closed.

PG II runs 7 December-11 March. Deadline 22 November.

Undergraduate

UG I runs 7 December-11 March. Deadline 22 November.

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EnterpriseTECH STAR

Applicants must submit a pre-application by 18 January and attend an information session.

Full application deadline 7 February.

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