CU Entrepreneurs is a student society that runs a three phase business plan competition for all members of the University.
CU StartUp Society is a student society that focuses on encouraging the creation of startups particularly by undergraduates. We do this both through our own events and increasing awareness of existing events in Cambridge.
CUTEC is a student society that runs the annual Technology Ventures Conference and various venture capital-related workshops and events.
A student-led initiative that seeks to promote innovation by building bridges between academia, industry and government and linking innovative minds across disciplines.
University and department activities
Accelerate Cambridge offers a structured approach of three-month programmes that combine entrepreneurship training, regular coaching and mentoring, as well as access to shared workspace.
We have establish the Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA) as a distinct central ‘hub’ where all enterprise/entrepreneurship is consolidated/co-ordinated throughout Anglia Ruskin University. AREA delivers an enhanced programme of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship activities and develops new learning resources engaging more students in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship training. We work across all five Faculties and main Campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, London, Peterborough and Kings Lynne and work closely with the Students’ Union and Student Enterprise Society. Collaborating with our Faculties and our external partners provides real-world experiences for our students. Encouraging entrepreneurial mind-sets and behaviours within graduates and the wider workforce for the benefit of all society.
CCSI acts as a platform for research and engagement with social innovators, academia and policy in UK and across the world. Through Cambridge Social Ventures (www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/cambridgesocialventures) it runs an incubator and regular workshops to support businesses making positive social or environmental impact. We support entrepreneurs from all sectors – fashion to farming, prosthetics to prisons – and work with businesses at all stages of growth. They range from local to global in scale, and include technology start-ups, public sector, community organisations, university spinouts and everything in between.
Cambridge Enterprise Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, responsible for the commercialisation of University intellectual property. Activities include management and licensing of intellectual property and patents, proof of concept funding and support for University staff and research groups wishing to provide expert advice or facilities to public and private sector organisations. Cambridge Enterprise provides access to angel and early stage capital through the Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds, University of Cambridge Enterprise Funds, Cambridge Innovation Capital and Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partners, and offers business planning, mentoring, and other related programmes.
The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship. The Centre encompasses the full entrepreneurial journey - starting with the empowerment of aspiring entrepreneurs through to the creation and development of early-stage ventures, all the way to small and medium size enterprise growth. Our portfolio of programmes include Enterprise Tuesday, ETECH Projects, EnterpriseWISE, Ignite, Accelerate Cambridge and the accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.
Provides careers education, information and guidance to students and alumni of the University of Cambridge. They also support the Santander Universities Internship Funding Programmes.
The Centre for Business Research (CBR) conducts interdisciplinary research on enterprise, innovation and governance in contemporary market economies.
CTM (part of the Institute for Manufacturing) undertakes research on technology management, and runs a range teaching programmes on technology and innovation management.
The Engineering Department's Collaboration Skills initiative provides resources and training events for those seeking to set up and manage collaborations with industrial partners. The Engineering Department is also home to the Dyson Centre for Engineering Design where engineering students can come together outside of the classroom to think, experiment, design, build and exchange ideas.
EPOC is a new club founded by postdoctoral researchers at the University of Cambridge. With support from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA), Judge Business School (CfEL), Cambridge Enterprise, and other prominent partners, the club's aims are to: (1) create awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities; (2) enable aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into successful enterprises; and (3) foster a multidisciplinary network of early career researchers within the University. Also runs a business plan competition for PostDocs.
The University of Cambridge is an endorsing institution under the Home Office’s Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route. This route is for graduates who have a genuine and credible business idea they wish to put into practice in the UK. More information on the scheme is accessible here.
ideaSpace provides office space and resources for anyone looking to start a new, high impact company in Cambridge. ideaSpace is looking for people with big ideas – and the drive to create a new business which will positively affect the lives of a million people within three to five years. If you can show that your business model has that kind of potential and that you have the determination to make it happen, we would like to hear from you.
A division of the Engineering Department, and which is home to the Centre for Technology Management, the Technology Enterprise Group, the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET), MPhil-ISMM, CU Entrepreneurs and i-Teams, and provides business and entrepreneurship support activities via its IfM Education and Consultancy Services.
i-Teams gets entrepreneurial post-graduate students to do hands-on projects with real University inventions to determine the best route for their commercialization, and present the results at CUTEC’s annual Technology Ventures Conference.
Makespace is a community run space, that houses manufacturing and prototyping kit and provides the surroundings to meet, work, build, socialise and do amazing things. It is accessible to Members who pay a monthly subscription fee for which they get 24/7 access to the space to work on their projects, and can also organise events. On occasions, Makespace is also open to the public for events; join our Makespace Meetup Group to find out about and attend these.
The Master's in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) programme is a multidisciplinary biotechnology and business degree course, designed for high-achieving individuals with an enthusiasm for enterprise. Students extend their knowledge of the latest advances in exploitable biotechnology and medical science, and gain an understanding of the ethical, legal and regulatory issues associated with bringing scientific advances to market.
Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) is a not-for-profit volunteer-led invitation-only series of events that bring together early stage investors, successful serial entrepreneurs, students and alumni with leading serial entrepreneurs and investors to discuss and debate how and why they have come to create and fund today's most disruptive technologies that aim to change our world.
TEG (part of the Institute for Manufacturing) is a network of researchers and associates focused on research and education relating to the origins, start-up and growth of technology-based ventures and their impact upon the economy.
Other academic institutions
BIE is the Babraham Institute’s wholly owned trading arm which supports the institute’s commercial activity, managing and commercialising the Institute’s intellectual property. BIE also works with the institute to facilitate industrial collaborations and arranges access to the Institute’s scientific expertise and facilities.
Cambridge Hub works in close partnership with the Public Engagement Team and Judge Business School to help students start their own entrepreneurial, socially and environmentally impactful projects.
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is one of the premier centres of genomic discovery and understanding in the world. It leads ambitious collaborations across the globe to provide the foundations for further research and transformative healthcare innovations. Its success is founded on the expertise and knowledge of its people and the Institute seeks to share its discoveries and techniques with the next generation of genomics scientists and researchers worldwide.
Churchill Enterprise seeks to identify the best business ideas of current Churchill students and recently graduated alumni. The aim of this competition is to create an environment where Churchill students and alumni can gain knowledge and skills in whatever future direction their careers take: corporate, banking, consulting or entrepreneurship.
Downing Enterprise is a business plan competition where at least one member is a student or alumnus of Downing College.
Fitz Enterprise was born in 2014 with the aim to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurially minded Fitz members and nurture the network of past, present and future Fitz entrepreneurs.
Hughes Hall Enterprise Society is free to all Hughes students and alumni, and open to the wider Cambridge community. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, you've got a great idea for a business, you're looking for a team, or you simply want to find like-minded people to start brain-storming with, this is the society for you.
An endowed prize awarded annually to the best business idea from among junior members of Pembroke College.
National and international networks
National and international networks for promoting and supporting enterprise include:
Enterprise Educators UK is the new name for UKSEC, the national network for enterprise educators. We support over 600 enterprise educators from more than 90 Higher Education Institutions to develop their practice, network with peers, and collaborate in enterprise and entrepreneurship teaching and research across all curriculum areas.
Unleashing the entrepreneurial potential of undergraduate engineering students across the United States to create bold innovators with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to economic and societal prosperity.
The Epicenter is unleashing the entrepreneurial potential of undergraduate engineering students across the United States to create bold innovators with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to contribute to economic and societal prosperity.
An alliance of academic institutions sharing common research and educational programs that are likely to lead to new industry and economic growth. The goal of the GVL network is to share best practices to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in a university environment, with the intent to help create new companies and new industries.
The National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs is a national organisation that supports and represents university enterprise societies and student entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship across the UK.