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Innovation in SmartTech and in Education, 22-24 November 2019

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and want to learn how to start a venture? Are you interested in connecting things and creating products and services to make a smarter world? Or do you have novel ideas or technologies to transform education?

Kickstart your entrepreneurial career and start developing your venture at the next Venture Creation Weekend on 22-24 November 2019 at Cambridge Judge Business School. It's a chance to test your smart tech or novel education business idea, build a team and pitch to investors in 50 hours!

The Entrepreneurship Centre is working in partnership with Santander Universities and in collaboration with Shape to offer aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators the chance to explore opportunities, ideas and applications in the following areas:

IoT and connected devices;

  • Applications of sensors
  • Big data
  • AI and smart solutions

Novel solutions in education and learning;

  • Promote Creativity in Education
  • Next generation of learning and formative assessment solutions
  • Immersive learning and simulation
  • Solutions to aid wellbeing

Why attend the Innovation in SmartTech and in Education VCW?

It's a chance to create, test and validate your SmartTech or Education venture ideas or applications with industry experts. You can get inspiration from your peers and mentors, learn the basics of building a business and how to collaborate with others in a team environment. Some of you can go 'founder-dating', i.e. use the weekend to match up with one or more co-founders for your business. All participants will work together in teams on customer development, business models, pitching practice and building product prototypes (where appropriate). The most popular ideas are pitched to a panel of judges formed of industry leaders and investors who can provide expert feedback and analysis.

At the end of the VCW, you will have developed your entrepreneurial skills, kick-started your venture, enjoyed the buzz of exploring and creating ideas; and potentially be ready to launch your business together with a talented team.

In addition, one or more of the participating teams will be invited for an interview to join our Accelerate Cambridge incubator programme delivered by the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre. Please note that successful application is dependent on whether the team meets the selection criteria.

Find out more about the content and format of the CJBS Venture Creation Weekends

When is it?

The Innovation in SmartTech and in Education Venture Creation Weekend starts promptly at 17:00 on Friday 22 November and ends at 19:00 on Sunday 24 November.

The exact dates and times are:

  • Fri 22 November 2019, 17:00-18:00 - Keynote speaker (open to everyone)
  • Fri 22 November 2019, 19:00-23:00
  • Sat 23 November 2019, 08:30-23:00
  • Sun 24 November 2019, 08:30-19:00 (followed by a dinner from 19:00 to close)

The venue is Cambridge Judge Business School, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1AG. View our location and directions

How to apply

Applications are open now until Thursday 21 November 2019.

Standard ticket £60

Student tickets £40

Early bird discount 10% discount is available on advanced bookings until 31 October 2019

This fee includes all sessions, dinner and refreshments that are provided as part of the VCW. Please advise in your application if you are staying for the closing dinner. Overnight accommodation is not included.

Terms and conditions apply. Please email to find out more.

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Earlybird (standard): £54

Earlybird (student): £36

CJBS affiliation: £30

Early bird discount available until 31 October 2019.

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Why attend the Innovation in SmartTech and in Education VCW?

This is the best business training I have ever had! I am very much inspired and excited to try to start a venture.
Wade Suen, PhD student, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Biotech and Healthcare VCW, June 2019.

Friday 22 November 2019

16:30-17:00 Registration at Cambridge Judge Business School Foyer, CJBS
17:00-18:00 Guest Speaker Fadi Boustany, SSC
18:00-19:00 Buffet Dinner & Networking CJBS
19:05-19:10 Welcome & introduction Fadi Boustany, SSC
19:10-19:15 Welcome from partners Fadi Boustany, SSC
19:15-20:00 Half-Baked session Fadi Boustany, SSC
20:00-20:30 Pitch your idea Fadi Boustany, SSC
20:30-20:45 Vote for your favourite ideas Fadi Boustany, SSC
20:45-21:00 Team building Fadi Boustany, SSC
21:00-23:00 Teams work on their ideas Break out rooms

Saturday 23 November 2019

08:30-09:00 Arrival and refreshments; Sign up for mentoring sessions Common Room, CJBS
09:00-09:40 Business Model Canvas presentation LT3
09:40-11:00 Teams work on their ideas Break out spaces
11:00-11:30 Tea / Coffee break and Sign up for mentoring sessions Common Room, CJBS
11:30-13:00 Teams work on their ideas Break out spaces
13:00-14:00 Sandwich Lunch Common Room, CJBS
14:00-15:30 Mentoring 4th/6th floor pods
15:30-16:00 Tea / Coffee break Common Room, CJBS
16:00-18:00 Mentoring 4th/6th floor pods
18:00-19:00 Networking over beer and pizza Common Room, CJBS
19:00-19:30 Teams check-in, report progress and call for help;
Sign up for Sunday mentoring sessions
Common Room, CJBS
19:30-23:00 Teams work on their ideas Break out spaces

Sunday 24 November 2019

08:30-09:00 Arrival and breakfast refreshments Common Room, CJBS
09:00-09:30 How to pitch your idea LT3
09:30-10:00 Teams work on their ideas / prepare for mentoring Break out spaces
10:00-11:00 Mentoring 4th/6th floor pods
11:00-11:30 Tea / Coffee available Common room
11:30-13:00 Mentoring 4th/6th floor pods
13:00-14:00 Sandwich Lunch Common room
14:00-16:00 Teams finalise presentations Break out spaces
15:30-16:00 Tea / Coffee available Common room
16:15-16:30 All presentations should be submitted and uploaded on PC LT3
16:30-18:15 Final Presentations LT3
18:15-18:30 Break and Judging  
18:30-18:40 Winners announced and Awards presented LT3
18:40-18:50 Closure LT3
18:50-21:00 Closing Dinner Royal Cambridge Hotel