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CJBS EnterpriseTECH PhD+ launched

All six Schools at the University of Cambridge are supporting a new programme for PhDs, postdoctoral students, and other research-focused staff offered by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School.

EnterpriseTECH PhD+, a new programme offered by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School, is launching in September 2018. It has been created in response to a rising demand for innovation and entrepreneurship training for students and staff at the research level across the University.

Each of the six Schools at the University of Cambridge has contributed, making it accessible for people from all departments and institutions across the University. The programme aims to support the main themes of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the body that oversees the research funding councils: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Dr Rebecca Myers

Dr Rebecca Myers

“The focus of this programme is to teach the practices of entrepreneurship to people outside of the Business School and engage in research at the coalface. With our lecture series and real-world projects for students to tackle, what they learn with us we hope will form the basis of a new way of thinking about their research now and in the future. Focusing on projects aligned with UKRI research themes has clearly resonated with departments across the University and I’m delighted we are able to offer more underwritten places for students as well the opportunity to impact the early translation of new technologies for inventors.” said Dr Rebecca Myers, Programme Director and Head of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes & Engagement at the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge.

The Entrepreneurship Centre anticipates up to 80 participants for the inaugural programme, with 16 teams working on projects submitted from inventors around the University, local start-ups, companies, and big industry. Working with departments and colleagues across the University, the programme expects to offer more than 70 underwritten (fee-free) places to PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, early career academics and other research-based or research-related staff at the University.

As a project-based learning programme, its focus is on developing skills in entrepreneurship around early-stage innovation and development opportunities. The inventors supplying projects gain a better understanding of the commercial potential of their invention – including applications, market size and routes to market which can facilitate the translation of innovation from the laboratory to reality.

The EnterpriseTECH programme at the Entrepreneurshp Centre now has three distinct strands: EnterpriseTECH UG for undergraduates from the University’s Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Bioscience and Biomedical studies; EnterpriseTECH Graduate, an assessed module for science and engineering MPhil programmes at the University of Cambridge; and the new EnterpriseTECH PhD+ programme.

“EnterpriseTECH PhD+ is a unique way for researchers to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship, which is a vital part of understanding how the world-class research undertaken at Cambridge can translate into real-world outcomes,” said Dr Vibhuti Patel, Head of Bioscience Impact Team, School of the Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge.

The underwritten places for September 2018 are:

  • 40 places for EPSRC-funded PhD students from departments across the School of Physical Sciences and School of Technology.
  • 20 places for PhDs and above including postdocs from departments across the School of Biological Sciences whose research falls under the BBSRC remit.
  • Six places for early career academics and postdocs from departments across the School of Humanities & Social Sciences.
  • Five places for PhD students from departments across the School of Clinical Medicine.E
  • Places for PhD+ applicants from departments across the School of Arts & Humanities.

June deadline for student applications and inventor proposals

PhDs, postdocs, early career academics, research-focussed or research-related staff across the University are invited to apply and participate as students. The application deadline is 20 June.

Project proposals are invited from inventors across the University, other institutions, local startups, companies and large industry. Please apply through the programme website. The proposal deadline is 15 June.