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"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



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.


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


Our partners


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.


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.


The ESRC Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) allow Research Organisations to respond to social science knowledge exchange opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways. The support from IAAs enables Research Organisations to provide funding for knowledge exchange (KE) activities in ways that best suit their institutional strategies and opportunities.


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.


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