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Programme overview: impulse is a 12-week programme delivered through practical workshops, small-group mentoring, and one-to-one advice with business professionals, with the aim of equipping participants to each develop a business plan and deliver a practice investor pitch, as well as expanding their network through external networking events. 

Timetable: the draft timetable for impulse 2024 can be downloaded here

Brochure: further details of the impulse programme are available in the 2024 brochure, which can be downloaded here

Programme elements: 

Workshops (Hybrid)

Serial entrepreneurs and successful innovators deliver our workshops.

Sharing practical insights and examples helps our participants to question, refine and improve their business cases.


Mentor sessions (Hybrid)

Each mentor group has 4-6 participants. We assign participants with similar innovation areas and needs to each group, e.g. technology readiness level, industry. Our mentors have worked with us for many years to support our participants with practical help, experienced mentoring and guidance. We select our mentors carefully, so that they can bring practical experience and assistance to our participants


One-to-one discussions (online)

We offer our participants a wide range of expert sessions with lawyers, accountants, marketing professionals and other service providers, to address some of their key issues in advancing their business cases. Participants can book these one-to-one, individual sessions based on their needs.


Networking (in person)

Our "invitation only" events connect participants to the wider community of high profile entrepreneurs, investors, corporate "intrapreneurs" and business professionals from Cambridge and beyond. In a friendly atmosphere our participants can build their network.


Pitch Session (online)

Together with their mentors, participants work towards a pitching session at the end of the programme. Our participants deliver their pitch in a supportive and constructive online pitch panel setting. Panel members, who are typically business angels, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and corporate innovation managers, provide honest and detailed feedback to build confidence for our participants to successfully raising investment in future.