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Innovate UK

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.

We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D. Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.

Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

Innovate UK is supporting businesses involved in the Energy Catalyst programme with opportunities for business up-skilling in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School through the Ignite 2019 course.

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CaixaBank is the leading retail bank in Spain and has promoted the Entrepreneur XXI Awards since 2007. This prestigious national competition aims to identify, recognise and promote the growth of the best young, innovative companies in Spain and in Portugal. Since its creation, 289 companies have received economic awards, international networking and training activities. CaixaBank has provided financial support for up to 20 places on the Ignite programme on an annual basis. The places are awarded as part of a package of prizes and incentives to the regional winners of this Spanish and Portuguese entrepreneurial competition on the basis of their fit with the programme as well as the innovativeness and growth potential of their enterprise ideas.

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Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a 'Not-for-Profit Company' of the Government of India, and has been set up as Department of Biotechnology's interface agency, which serves as a single window for the emerging biotech industries. The primary focus of BIRAC is to foster entrepreneurship, support innovative start-ups, SMEs and catalyse affordable product development in the biotechnology realm of India. BIRAC is a new industry-academia interface and it implements its mandate through a wide range of impact initiatives, be it providing access to risk capital through targeted funding, technology transfer, IP management and hand-holding schemes that help bring innovation excellence to the biotech firms and make them globally competitive.

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OPdA (Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) was established in 2013 as the lead University organisation relating to the postdoctoral community. This was a recognition of the vital and growing significance of postdoctoral staff to the University's success – and part of major commitments that the University has made to postdoc support.

With its unique overview of the postdoctoral community in Cambridge and beyond, the role of the OPdA is to enable each individual postdoc to realise their potential in their own ambitions and in contributing to the University and society as a whole. There are just over 4,000 postdoctoral researchers working in Cambridge. OPdA works with a range of Cambridge and international stakeholders to help postdoctoral researchers realise their potential in their own ambitions and in contributing to the University and society as a whole.

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Postdocs 2 Innovators (p2i) Consortium

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) leads the postdocs 2 innovators (p2i) consortium, which consists of five European Higher Education Institutes and four global businesses. The consortium offers opportunities for postdocs from the p2i partners to connect and engage in programmes to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and gain key skills they can use to pursue careers that will be personally and professionally meaningful both within and outside of academia.

The European consortium offers an international dimension - postdocs are a highly mobile workforce and these collaborations bring cohorts together from different countries, providing a flavour of different entrepreneurial ecosystems. p2i supports the participation of a number of postdocs from across the partnership in Cambridge Judge Business School's Ignite programme as well as the School's Venture Creation Weekends.

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AstraZeneca is a sponsor of the Venture Creation Weekends at Cambridge Judge Business School and our main partner for this event. AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business whose purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines for patients across the globe. Cambridge is home to AstraZeneca's global corporate headquarters and is one of the company’s strategic R&D centres. AstraZeneca also sponsored 10 free tickets for female entrepreneurs for all three Venture Creation Weekends organised this year by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School.

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ASGC is a vertically integrated construction group best known for delivering turn key special projects in the UAE. With the branches in UK and Egypt, the company owns the majority of its supply chain and utilises mostly in-house resources, giving it a high degree of control over project quality and timely delivery.

Since 1989, ASGC has built a reputation for excellence, being involved in landmark projects across diverse sectors such as residential, commercial, leisure, hospitality, healthcare, education, social infrastructure and industrial.

Etihad Museum, City Walk, Business Central Towers, Nestle Factory, Waldorf Astoria, - these and more demonstrate ASGC's track record in delivering major projects in the UAE.

Other landmark developments under construction, such as Sustainability Pavilion, Six Flags, HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Public Library, Dubai Arena, Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, underscore ASGC's passion for creating contemporary urban experiences that blend structural integrity with aesthetic quality.

ASGC employs more than 16,000 construction specialists and workers in the UAE, including its five subsidiaries – ASSENT, EB, ASU, HPBS, and ASI.


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