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The University Enterprise Network


There are many ways for you to get involved in enterprise activities at Cambridge.

Test whether an idea might be worth taking forward

Many of the organisations listed here provide ways in which you can see whether your idea has commercial potential.

If you are planning to start your own business, it is well worth talking to someone inside the University (such as at one of the surgeries organised by Cambridge Enterprise, or your departmental Enterprise Champion) or in the local business community (such as St John's Innovation Centre) before you commit too much effort!

Join an entrepreneurship society 

Student societies such as CU Entrepreneurs and CUTEC are always looking for volunteers to work with them. This can be a great way to develop your project management skills and build your network of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors. 

Meet entrepreneurs and learn key skills

Every week there are events running across the University or in the local business community that provide you with a chance to hear from and talk to entrepreneurs. See what's coming up via our calendar, take a look at the websites for CJBS Entrepreneurship CentreCUECUTECCambridge NetworkSilicon Valley Comes to UK, or follow Camtechpole on Twitter. 

Enter a business plan competition

Entering a business plan competition will help you focus your ideas and get feedback, and most competitions provide training, networking and mentoring to give you the best chance of success. Competitions include: CU Entrepreneurs, The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition, Churchill Enterprise, Downing Enterprise, and the Parmee Prize.

Join a start-up

Get employed by a start-up (contact the University Careers Service, or see who is recruiting via the Cambridge Network jobs page), do some temporary work in a start-up (see websites of ideaSpace and St John's Innovation Centre to see if any of their companies are hiring), or talk to your supervisor about doing a project in a start-up as part of your course.