What the Venture Creation programme offers you
Do you have an idea for a new venture? Or want to bring your skills and passion for innovation to a founding team?
Would you like to create an early-stage new venture:
- oriented towards transforming the future for the better?
- with demonstrable potential when applying to larger accelerator programmes?
- with the capacity to directly explore opportunities for going to market and attracting investment?
Would you like to create a founding team built on common values and culture?
Would you like to create a robust and supportive network in the entrepreneurial ecosystem including a peer cohort of dedicated founders?
Whatever your goals, the Venture Creation programme is all about matching great ideas with exciting talent and providing a springboard for you and your team to work towards a high impact and scalable new venture. It will also give you access to a community of like-minded individuals offering their support and shared experiences.
Participation in the programme will help you develop your capacity for future innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset that will support you throughout your career choices.
Bring your idea or your passion to create a new venture to the programme and watch the possibilities emerge!
How the Venture Creation programme works
Throughout the academic year the Venture Creation programme will consist of six cohorts. Each cohort will focus on a specific topic or issue. The cohorts will all graduate through the following stages.
Stage 1: The Orientation Weekend
Duration: Friday evening and all day Saturday
Aspiring entrepreneurs and their ideas with be matched with potential founding team members to explore and validate the possibilities of turning an idea into a viable opportunity for a new venture. In a supportive, safe but challenging space, workshops and mentoring sessions will guide the teams through the process of capturing an idea’s potential and value. This will help the teams to develop and experiment with innovative business models and preparing their first pitch.
The weekend will end with a guided session on identifying a clear and compelling way forward for each team and team member with the identification of small but meaningful action steps.
Stage 2: The Venture Creation Labs
Running once a month, the Venture Creation Labs are a mix of informal online group mentoring and face-to-face peer review sessions. These are designed to help the teams build momentum and develop the skills and networks they need.
These Labs are open to anyone who has attended an orientation weekend. Attendance is open to the original team or a new version of that team, or to individuals with a new idea that emerged from their experiences at the Venture creation event.
Diversity is key to the running of these Labs so attendees will benefit from networking with early-stage ventures across different sectors but at the same time will have access to experienced mentors with relevant sector experience.
Email [email protected] for more information.
Reasons to join a Venture Creation event
Develop your personal development plan
The Venture Creation programme is about learning through the act of creating. Apply your creativity and problem-solving skills in your chosen area of expertise/interests and identify and explore the opportunities for innovation. You can then develop your own personal development programme with the support of the programme. This may include;
- new venture creation
- understanding the possibilities in your studies and research
- identifying new research projects
- applying the learning to your organisation or your career search and choices.
Build your network and even find a co-founder
By joining a Venture Creation cohort you will build long-lasting relationships based on common values and interests. This can lead to you being part of a founding team or on your way to finding your founders and even a potential investor.
Another possibility is that you may walk away with a job offer or consider taking up a position in a sector that you had not considered working in before.
Actually launch a business
The programme has been designed to offer the type of support required by new ventures in their early stages and to provide a supportive space in which to validate an idea and build and unite a team behind it.
Gain valuable insights
Being part of the Venture Creation programme gives you access to insights from industry experts, coaches, successful entrepreneurs and your peers to help you maximise the potential in your idea and your team.
The fee for the programme is £100 per delegate.
A discounted ticket price of £80 is available for all bookings made up to three weeks before the start of the event.
This fee includes the orientation weekend and access to the monthly Venture Labs.
Concessions are available for block bookings of five or more by University departments, companies and other organisations. Please email [email protected] for more information.
In order to maintain safe social distancing, we will be using the Main Hall at St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP. The space is well ventilated and very spacious. 100% of the income from hiring fees is invested by St Paul’s into community projects that benefit the most vulnerable in Cambridge.
All participants, including contributors and staff, will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) prior to commencement of the event.
Tea, coffee, water and light meals/refreshments will be provided. If you have any dietary requirments, please let us know on your registration form.
Travel & accommodation
Those travelling from outside Cambridge will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation where necessary.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions apply. The terms and conditions are available on the Venture Creation event registration form. Please email [email protected] for more information.