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Entrepreneurship

As part of a UK-wide programme, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships serve as a mechanism to transfer knowledge and to develop graduate and postgraduate personnel for industrial careers. Deadline:

Apply at any time

Each partnership, lasting between 1 and 3 years, employs 1 or more high-calibre KTP Associates (early-career researchers) to work on an innovative project within industry. Associates are jointly supervised by the participating industrial and academic partners. Government support is delivered through a grant to the academic partner. In addition, a contribution from the participating company fully covers an HEI’s cost of participation.

BBSRC seeks to promote KTP in industrial sectors that are able to benefit from the UK's excellent bioscience research base and encourages the appointment of KTP Associates at post-doctoral level.

Applications are particularly supported from small and medium sized biotechnology companies requiring access to advanced technology, and academic partners who have received BBSRC support.

For further details and to apply please visit the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships website at http://www.ktponline.org.uk/

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Scheme web page at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knowledge-transfer-partnerships-what-they-are-and-how-to-apply#dates-and-deadlines

 

Postdocs to Innovators (p2i)

Postdocs to Innovators is a pan-European partnership between universities and industry, which aims to encourage entrepreneurial activities and an innovative approach to postdocs' endeavours both within and outside academia.

Setting up a structured sustainable pathway, starting with the basics of entrepreneurship, will enhance career support, stimulate interactions between postdocs and enterprises, encourage and promote self-development, and empower postdocs to better exploit their knowledge and skills.

 

Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC)

EPOC is a club founded by postdocs with support from the OPdA, Cambridge Enterprise and Cambridge Judge Business School. 

They run regular events and initiatives to create awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities and foster a multidisciplinary network of entrepreneurial postdocs within the University.

Together with Cambridge Enterprise, they also hold an annual Postdoc Business Plan Competition.

Former speakers have included: GV (formerly Google Ventures), BP, IndieBio, AstraZeneca, and local crowdfunding organisations.

Other Support

There are numerous organisations around the University that can offer various types of support for entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurially minded postdocs. You can find a comprehensive list on the Cambridge University Enterprise Network website.

Of particular note for postdocs:

Cambridge Enterprise – in addition to their support for academics wishing to commercialise their research, they also hold events and training specifically aimed at postdocs, and, together with EPOC, an annual Postdoc Business Plan Competition.

Cambridge Judge Business School – in addition to their free Enterprise Tuesdays talks which are popular with postdocs, they often offer free or discounted places via the OPdA for postdocs on their entrepreneurial programmes.

Many of the Colleges and departments have enterprise competitions, awards, and/or funding, including: