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Postdoc Business Plan Competition 


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Postdoc Business Plan Competition

The 2020 Postdoc Business Plan Competition, sponsored by international law firm Taylor Vinters, is now closed for entry.

Each year, Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge host a business plan competition for postdocs of the University of Cambridge. Whether it’s a social enterprise or ground-breaking new invention, whatever your academic expertise, we want to hear from you.

Prizes to be awarded include:

*£20k & £10k investment sponsored by Cambridge Enterprise
*£5k investment sponsored by Cambridge Innovation Capital
*One-year membership at ideaSpace for all finalists

To enter, postdocs must submit a business plan outlining their idea. The idea does not have to be related to the postdoc’s research at the University. Full details of what the business plan must include can be found in the competition handbook.

The market research we had to do for the competition helped us accelerate our start-up tremendously. We were also put in contact with the most amazing mentor. The connections we made with Cambridge Enterprise will take us beyond what we have achieved in the competition alone.

Simon Baker, Versed AI founder and 2019 winner

Competition timeline

Please click the graphic below for a detailed breakdown of the competition process, including dates and deadlines.

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Competition sponsor

Taylor VintersTaylor Vinters is an international law firm supporting the businesses which drive the innovation economy, and the entrepreneurs and private wealth that underpin them.

Online drop-in surgeries

To help with applications, Cambridge Enterprise hosted online surgeries, each Friday between 10-12 pm, to talk through your business idea.

Professional business coaching webinars

All postdocs were invited to attend an online session on business modelling as a means to untangle their initial business idea; to see if it has real market potential. The second session on how to write up your first stage business plans then included details on what the competition judges will want to see in applications and why. If shortlisted as a finalist, applicants will go on to receive expert one-to-one pitch training to hone their business pitches.

High quality mentor matching

After the first selection round, each semi-finalist is matched with a mentor: a seasoned academic entrepreneur from Cambridge Enterprise’s network. The mentors help to improve the business plans.

Grand Finale pitching event

Finalists will go on to pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges at the online Grand Finale event. You can find out who the winners were last year by clicking here.