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Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge



Do you have an idea worth a £20k investment?

Now in its eighth year, The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition has become a key annual programme in the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and has spawned a number of successful spin-out companies including Nu Quantum, Porotech, Semarion and Xampla

Run by Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge, the competition features a programme of activities designed to help accelerate the creation of businesses from University research. To enter, a lead postdoc applicant must submit a business plan outlining the idea. Whether it’s a ground-breaking invention or a social enterprise, whatever the academic expertise, we want to hear about it.

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Attend the launch event

We will be launching this year’s competition at The Postdoc Centre at Eddington on Thursday 28 April. We will take you through the competition process, share some valuable insights and answer your questions. You will also hear from past finalists and winners.

Event details:

  • Location:  Sanders Hall, The Postdoc Centre, Eddington
  • Date: Thursday 28 April
  • Time: 18:00 to 19:30 (networking to 8pm)
  • Refreshments: Pizza and drinks provided

Event Agenda:

  • A walk-through of the application process with advice and guidance on what judges shall be looking for in submissions
  • Information and support from sponsors including Cambridge Innovation Capital, ideaSpace, Start Codon and Taylor Vinters
  • Feedback from previous winners with their take on what the competition was like and how it helped them 
  • Q&A with Cambridge Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge to help answer any questions you might have.

Register here




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