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We are seeking technologies within (but not restricted to) the following domains:

New Mobility:

  • Advanced system architectures that support new technology integration (Powertrains, Power Electronics, Autonomy, etc.)

Electronics & Sensors:

  • New generation sensors including Vision, Lidar, Radar, etc.
  • Inexpensive, accurate localization
  • Power efficient compute devices

Materials & Processes:

  • Lightweight materials
  • Advanced coatings (friction and corrosion reduction, hydrophobicity, etc.)
  • Advanced Processes

Manufacturing & Advanced Robotics:

  • Human and machine collaboration
  • Tactile and vision perception
  • Advanced trajectory planning and control
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Sensor fusion, calibration and machine learning

Electric Powertrains and Energy Storages:

  • Advanced motor architectures
  • Power electronics
  • High efficiency transmissions
  • Thermal management (power electronics)
  • Advanced actuators
  • Energy storage

Data, AI & Software:

  • Diagnostics & Prognostics
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Mining
  • Fast code/software performance
  • Data mining
  • Human and machine collaboration (in addition to manufacturing)



Any national and international nascent entrepreneur working within the domains mentioned above are welcome to apply for the Impulse 2020 programme. To be eligible, candidates are required to have an own business idea, or a research project that has potential for commercialisation. These ideas will be developed by during Impulse 2020.


Application Process

Applications are made using the online application form on the Impulse web site. Applicants who wish to apply for a Magna sponsorship, please tick "Magna" in the "apply for sponorships" box.


The application deadline for a Magna sponsorship place is 31 March 2020

Selected applicants will be interviewed by skype, telephone or face-to-face as appropriate before they are accepted to the programme.


When is Impulse 2020?

The fourth edition of the Impulse Programme will run between April and July 2020 at the Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge. The programme comprises two intensive modules of 4 and 3 days, with individual assignments in between. The programme is run in parallel with the participants‘ normal work activities. Its nature allows considerable flexibility in defining aims and workflow.



Please get in contact with Alexandra if you have further question to the programme.