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Business Plan Competition

Cambridge Postdoc Enterprise competition 2017

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 open for entries.

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

£20k investment sponsored by Cambridge Enterprise

£10k investment sponsored by Cambridge Enterprise

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.

Cambridge Enterprise are running surgeries to help you with your application. If you would like help with your application, drop in to the Hauser Forum any Friday between now and 23 June between 10 and 12 and ask for Tania Balsa at reception.

After the first selection round, semi-finalists will receive high-level mentoring from Cambridge Enterprise’s network to improve their plans and pitching training from pitching expert Adelina Chalmers.

Finalists will then pitch their ideas to the judges at the grand finale event on 2 November 2017 at Peterhouse College in Cambridge, when the two winners will be selected.

Our business proposal for matching skills and people in developing countries is unusual in the technology orientated start-up space found in Cambridge. It was a positive surprise to not only be nominated as a winner of this competition, but also to receive great support during and after the competition to reach out to experts and connect with interested investors. On behalf of Netwookie, thank you Cambridge Enterprise and EPOC.

Max Bock, Netwookie founder and 2016 winner

Enter now by filling out the below application form, following the instructions and returning it to us. Good luck!

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 Tania Balsa.

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

Launch Event: Postdoc Business Plan Competition

11th May, 18:00 - 21:00 Postdoc Centre @ Mill Lane

 Click here to register.

 

 

Cambridge Postdoc Enterprise competition 2016

 

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 open 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:

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

  • 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 Tania Balsa. 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.

 

 

EPOC Business Plan Competition 2015

 

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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.

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 competition@enterprise.cam.ac.uk 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.

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