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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 2020 partners

Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences (CATS)  is a platform established to facilitate the development of new therapeutics and support the education and training of the next generation of world-leading researchers.

Cambridge Display Technologies (CDT) is the leading developer of technologies based on polymer light emitting diodes (P-OLEDs).  P-OLEDs are designed for use in the latest generation of electronic displays and in lighting products, offering many advantages over the liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and plasma displays used in flat panel televisions. CDT is the originator of polymer based OLEDs and has a heritage with a direct line back to the original discovery of organic electroluminescence from polymers at Cambridge University. Today, as part of the Sumitomo Chemical Group, CDT is a globally respected organization running collaborative projects with many global consumer electronics companies, as well as with leading academic research institutions.

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.

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 collaboration between five Higher Education Institutes and global enterprises across Europe to provide entrepreneurial training and experiences to early career researchers. Our ambition is to ensure that those who engage with our programme come away with a clear understanding of the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset and skillset and its impact on a successful future regardless of their career trajectory.

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

Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences (CATS)

Welcome Trust funded researchers Projects aiming to research and develop drugs, biologicals, gene therapy, or medical devices for human patient treatment, management or diagnosis
Cambridge Display Technologies (CDT) CDT employees All technology/ research areas within CDT
Cambridge Royce Cambridge PhD and Postdocs Advanced materials
Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC) Cambridge Postdocs

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

EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (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

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
National Physical Laboratory (NPL) NPL employees

All technology/ research areas within NPL

Postdocs to innovators (p2i) Cambridge Postdocs Technologies and products/ services across different fields of Physical Sciences and Technology, including Life Sciences

Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC)

QTEC fellows Quantum technologies



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