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Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge


Business Plan Competition 2015


Final Results

Immaterial wins the first prize

On the evening of Thursday 3rd of December at Peterhouse College came on stage the Postdoc Business Competition Grand Finale which saw the pitches of four different high quality projects in front of the jury and the full theatre.

The winner was Immaterial, represented on the stage by his CEO Andrew Marsden who accepted the first prize by the hands of Prof. Chris Abell, Head of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

 Business Competition 2015 Chris Abell

Prof Chris Abell - Head of OPDA

Read more on the Cambridge Enterprise website.


Have you ever thought about starting a company?

On Monday 3 August 2015, Cambridge Enterprise and EPOC are launching a new 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. Commencing this summer, the competition offers the chance for University postdocs to win early funding for their business idea, with prizes of £15k and £7.5k for the first and second places respectively.

With the support and advice of Cambridge Enterprise, Professor Chris Abell, Dr Oren Scherman, Jing Zhang and I created Aqdot Limited, a rapidly growing chemical company specialising in intelligent encapsulation technologies. Three years ago I was a postdoc in the Department of Chemistry with an interest in entrepreneurship. Funding from Cambridge Enterprise helped us make our company a reality.

Dr Roger Coulston, Chief Scientific Officer at AQDOT Limited

The deadline for submission of business proposals is Friday 18 September 2015. After the first selection round, the semi-finalists will receive high-level mentoring from Cambridge Enterprise's network of business experts to improve their plans. Selected finalists will then pitch their ideas to the judges at the Grand Finale on Thursday 3 December 2015, where the two winners will be selected.

Applications will open on Monday 3 August. To register your interest, please email to be added to our dedicated mailing list or to ask any questions. Full details will be available from Monday 3 August on the Cambridge Enterprise website.