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Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge


Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge EPOC run a business creation competition for postdocs of the University of Cambridge, a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship and an idea to explore.

The competition is now closed for 2016 entries.

The business plan contest offers the chance for University postdocs to win early funding for their business ideas. The three prizes are:

£20k investment

£10k investment

£7,500 cash sponsored by Coca-Cola
to be awarded for retail, manufacture and workspace innovations

To enter, postdocs must submit a business plan outlining their idea. Full details of what the plan must include can be found in the competition handbook. After the first selection round, semi-finalists will receive high-level mentoring from Cambridge Enterprise’s network to improve their plans. Finalists will pitch their ideas to the judges at the grand finale event on 27 October 2016 at Peterhouse College in Cambridge, when the three winners will be selected.

Winning £15k in early-stage funding as part of Cambridge Enterprise’s competition has meant that we’ve been able to start working full-time on our company. The support we’ve received from Cambridge Enterprise both within and beyond the competition, including help with patenting, mentoring and pitching opportunities, has made all the difference to our company Immaterial and its development.

Andrew Marsden, 2015 winner

A special cash prize of £7,500 will be awarded by Coca-Cola to a business related to one of the following topics:

  • Innovations related to changes in shopping behaviours in developed markets by 2025, and the impacts this may have on cold drink equipment e.g. coolers, vending, dispensers
  • Using technology to create a frictionless purchasing experience
  • Reducing noise in open plan offices
  • Relevantly engaging consumers through packaging i.e. the closure, label, bottle (PET or glass) or can
  • Linking the physical and digital worlds through mass-produced packaging
  • Ways to cool things quickly or to keep them cool for longer
  • Intelligent inks
  • Interactions between branded assets (e.g. print out, packaging, billboard) and digital devices
  • At-home preservation systems in developing markets for products that have a limited shelf life after opening
  • Determining the sweetening potential of natural compounds

The competition is now open for entries. Projects must be led by a current postdoc of the University or have a majority of team members who are current postdocs of the University. For an informal chat about your entry, contact . The deadline for entering the competition is 30 June 2016.

Guidelines on the competition can be found in the postdoc competition handbook.

Enter the competition here.