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Whether you are a private or public organisation, are you striving to support your entrepreneurial researchers, winning entrepreneurs or employees in realising their innovative ventures or acceleration of the commercialisation process?

We welcome the opportunity for collaboration with organizations which are actively involved in the promotion and support of science and technology entrepreneurs and early stage ventures. Our potential partners are large corporates, research labs, enterprise hubs, accelerators & incubators, government agencies, funding bodies and universities.

The opportunities include:

  • Sponsoring your winning entrepreneurs to attend our programme as a part of your offering/ award to your employees. 
  • Providing bursaries for entrepreneurial scientists.

"As an entrepreneur with the deep scientific roots, I have really enjoyed being involved in founding start-ups, and have learnt a lot in the process. I am particularly excited by the way high quality science finds or makes a market, and the commercial success that can flow from that. We have great support in Cambridge to make things happen. It is an outstanding environment to develop entrepreneurial potential."

Prof Chris Abell -
 Entrepreneurial Advisor


Your benefits

  • Effective support in developing global businesses - encourage your participants/ employees to think globally and be ambitious

  • Provide them with high value contacts and networks (industry, investors, research centres, other fellow entrepreneurs) and top quality feedback

  • An international and immersive experience for your participants

  • A quality course, quality network within a highly entrepreneurial environment

  • Flexible enough to be a part of your offering to entrepreneurs

  • Cost saving (instead of organizing yourself)

  • An efficient way of connecting to Cambridge and international entrepreneurial networks

High visibility of your contribution towards the entrepreneurial society

Impulse partners

In 2015, Beko opened a UK R&D centre in Cambridge, to collaborate with UK companies and universities on innovative products and features for the next generation of home appliances. Research activities at Beko R&D cover a wide range of areas, from sensors and novel refrigeration technologies, to methods for reducing microplastics in waste water. 

Beko plc’s parent company, Arçelik, manufactures the appliances sold by Beko plc. Headquartered in Turkey, Arçelik, has more than 60 years' experience in consumer durables and is one of the largest household appliance producers in Europe. Arçelik’s global vision; “Respecting the world, Respected worldwide”, shapes research direction at Beko R&D. We are dedicated to working within Arçelik’s five commitments of Quality, Ethical sourcing and supply, Focus on the environment, Shaping the future, and The war on waste.

Cambridge Enterprise is responsible for the commercialisation of University intellectual property. Activities include management and licensing of intellectual property and patents, proof of concept funding and support for University staff and research groups wishing to provide expert advice or facilities to public and private sector organisations.

STFC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) via Cambridge Entreprise supports STFC-funded academics to take their ideas towards commercialisation. For more information please see here.

Eagle Labs are a community resource available for everybody. Whether you’re an inventor, an innovator or a mentor, our spaces are conducive to nurturing and growing your idea with support from Barclays and our network. From accelerating UK business to enabling collaborative innovation and digital empowerment for all, our Eagle Labs are a space to create, innovate and grow.

Cambridge is the home of innovation, so it feels right that our flagship incubator is based here. A community of pioneers and innovators across a variety of sectors. Cambridge incubator actively supports the Cambridge ecosystem of entrepreneurs.

The Electrical Engineering Division covers all aspects of electrical engineering from the nano-scale to heavy-duty power applications. Professor Sir Mark Welland is the Divisional Head. Photonics is an active and growing area of research with three groups investigating different aspects of photonics, applications, and materials whilst collaborating with each other and a variety of industrial partners. The Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science group conducts research in large area electronic materials and high-power semiconductor devices, carbon nanotubes, and semiconducting nanowires.

Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC) maximise the entrepreneurial and business potential of Cambridge’s world-leading research community. EPOC is an outward looking organisation, representing the interests of the research community within the ecosystem and promoting the region’s research excellence to the broader corporate world. Internally, we develop and deliver initiatives to support Cambridge researchers in their pursuit of business and entrepreneurial ventures, and to awaken them to the multitude of opportunities around them.

The Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC DTP) in the Social Sciences is committed to the idea of ‘real-world engagement’ and provides a range of ways for graduate students and early career researchers in order to gain experience of working with external partners. These opportunities can help Cambridge Social Sciences PhD students and postdoctoral researchers acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for a high-profile career as a leading Social Scientist in academia or in government, commercial, industrial and third sector organisations. The ‘real-world engagement’ sponsored places on the Impulse 2019 programme are open to the Cambridge ESRC DTP and the wider social sciences PhD and post docs in Cambridge, including PhD students that just submitted their thesis.

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (EPSRC IAA) has awarded the University an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), to promote wider and more effective engagement with the impact agenda. The Account provides the University with resources to deliver impact and work on the exploitation of outcomes from its EPSRC research portfolio, with the key objective of shortening the time to impact. The IAA brings together a number of previous initiatives to provide more flexibility, including early stage commercialisation, developing new partnerships and reaching out to researchers who do not normally engage in commercialisation activities.

EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) has made funds available to the University for innovation placements and entrepreneurial training. The training grant is specifically for current PhD students whose funding is drawn from an existing DTP or CDT, and who are working in areas of relevance to the government's industrial strategy. Thanks to this grant - and its principal aim of supporting and increasing the impact arising from doctoral research which is relevant to the industrial strategy - up to 6 sponsored places on the Impulse 2019 Programme are being made available for current EPSRC DTP and CDT students.

EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnologys (NanoDTC) is a centre for doctoral training at Cambridge University. It aims to produce a new sort of PhD student, trained over 4 years in many advanced Nano techniques, innovation and business practice, as well as novel science. They emphasise cross-disciplinary training in the Physical Sciences, including Chemistry, Physics, Materials and Engineering.

The Henry Royce Institute is the UK national centre for research and innovation of advanced materials. It operates as a hub and spoke model, with the hub at The University of Manchester, and spokes at the founding partners, initially comprising the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as UKAEA and NNL. In the future, we would like to grow our partners to include as many of the UK’s leading materials scientists as possible. For further information please see here.

Magna International

With brilliant and disruptive thinking everywhere, the question isn’t about when driverless cars are coming or when all vehicles will be fully electric. The question is about who is ready for these transformative shifts. As a mobility technology company, Magna is focused on delivering what’s needed today while also creating innovations that society doesn’t even know it needs yet. Our more than 173,000 entrepreneurial-minded employees – combined with our ability to rapidly auto-qualify and commercialize technology – uniquely position us to accelerate developments in far less time. And knowing that great ideas come from a wide variety of sources, we actively work with universities, entrepreneurs and startups around the world to help bring their innovations to market. For Magna, the vehicle doesn’t just have technology, the vehicle is technology. Now show us what’s possible.

Postdocs to innovators (p2i) is a joint initiative between five leading Higher Education Institutes (HEI) and four global enterprises to support and strengthen the innovation mindset in postdoctoral researchers and encourage not just entrepreneurial activities but a broad approach to any endeavor both in and outside academia.

Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) is a world-leading incubator for quantum-based technology innovators, its vision is to educate and create the quantum entrepreneurs of the future who will be the foundation, pillars, and growth of the UK’s Quantum Industry. Its mission is to develop the thought leaders and entrepreneurs who will take quantum technologies out of the lab and into the real world.


Comparison list


Sponsors Candidates Technology/ research area
Beko UK researchers/ early entrepreneurs

Technologies and product ideas for tomorrow’s smart home

Cambridge Royce Cambridge PhD and Postdocs Energy materials technologies
Eagle Lab Cambridge University members Technologies and products/ services across different fields of Physical Sciences and Technology, including Life Science
EPOC/ p2i Cambridge Postdocs

Technologies and products/ services across different fields of Physical Sciences and Technology, including Life Science

EPSRC IAA Cambridge Postdocs Technologies and products/ services across different fields of Physical Sciences and Technology
EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) Cambridge EPSRC DTP and CDT students Technologies and products/ services across different fields of Physical Sciences and Technology
ESRC DTP Cambridge Social Science students

"real-world engagement" technologies and products/ services

Henry Royce Institute PhD students or Postdocs registered at a UK Higher Education Institute

Material Sciences

Magna National and international researchers/ early entrepreneurs Technologies and products/ services across different fields such as new mobility, electronics & sensors, materials & processes, manufacturing & advanced robotics, electric powertrains and energy storages, data, AI & software
Nano DTC Cambridge Nano DTC students Technologies and products/ services across different fields of Physical Sciences and Technology including Chemistry, Physics, Materials and Engineering
QTEC QTEC fellows Quantum technologies

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