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The University Enterprise Network


The following organisations deliver a range of enterprise-related education, business support and research programmes within, or linked to, the University of Cambridge. If there are other organisations you feel should be listed here, please contact us. There are also various national networks promoting and supporting enterprise activities.

Representatives from these organisations meet three times a year to share information and network with each other. If you are an organisation who would like to join the University Enterprise Network, then please contact


Student societies

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE or CU Entrepreneurs)

CU Entrepreneurs is a student society that runs a three phase business plan competition for all members of the University.

Cambridge University StartUp Society (CUSUS)

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.

Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC)

CUTEC is a student society aiming to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit amongst academics and students and to assist outside businesses gain greater access to the research and entrepreneurial communities at the University. is a student-led organisation committed to working with the university to foster an environment where students can collaborate to develop and launch their ideas. Our flagship event, Cluster, is a hackathon that runs every week - in partnership with Hackers at Cambridge - in the Engineering Department.

Innovation Forum

The Innovation Forum is a global, interdisciplinary network of over 10,000 entrepreneurs, researchers and industry leaders. It aims to connect academia, industry, investors and policy makers to accelerate technology development. The Innovation Forum also runs the IMAGINE IF! acceleration programme helping scientists to turn their ideas into businesses. 


Science Innovation Union

The Science Innovation Union (SIU) is a non-profit organization led by graduates, post-graduates and young professionals. Our core focus is to provide a first of its kind globally interconnected communication, networking and training platform for scientist. We want to inspire innovation and encourage the translation of science into real-world solutions. The Science Innovation Union is a translation-in-science communication and training platform, bridging the gap between academia, industry and government to build a new generation of bio-entrepreneurs.

University and department activities

Accelerate Cambridge

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.

Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy (AREA)

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.


Biomakespace is a non-profit organisation creating an open access laboratory on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. We aim to build a community of scientists, engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs, teachers, artists and members of the public interested in engineering with biology. Biomakespace provides members with affordable access to a well equipped lab and prototyping space as well as to training and social events. Biomakespace complements Cambridge’s Makespace ( through concentrating on experimental biology and fabrication tools focused on scientific applications.  By encouraging and supporting project based interdisciplinary collaborations, Biomakespace aims to contribute to awareness, knowledge and innovation in engineering with biology. As the community grows, we aim to open the space to the public for events. Visit our website ( and join the Cambridge Synthetic Biology Meetup group ( to find out more and discover how you can support Biomakespace.

Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation

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 ( 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 (CE)

Part of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Enterprise supports academics, researchers, staff and students in achieving knowledge transfer and research impact. We do this by helping innovators, experts and entrepreneurs use commercial avenues to develop their ideas and expertise for the benefit of society, the economy, themselves and the University. 


Liaising with organisations both locally and globally, we offer expert advice and support in commercialisation and social enterprise, including help with academic consultancy services; the protection, development and licensing of ideas; new company and social enterprise creation and seed funding.  


We can also connect University members to our network of experts, mentors and investors and provide events and training programmes.


Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) Entrepreneurship Centre

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, EnterpriseTECH, EnterpriseWOMEN, Ignite, Accelerate Cambridge and the accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.

Careers Service

Provides careers education, information and guidance to students and alumni of the University of Cambridge. They also support the Santander Universities Internship Funding Programmes.

Centre for Business Research

The Centre for Business Research (CBR) conducts interdisciplinary research on enterprise, innovation and governance in contemporary market economies.

Centre for Technology Management (CTM)

CTM (part of the Institute for Manufacturing) undertakes research on technology management, and runs a range teaching programmes on technology and innovation management.

Computer Laboratory

The Computer Laboratory runs programmes on entrepreneurship as part of its business studies and e-commerce lecture series for undergraduates lead by Jack Lang.

Engineering Department

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.

Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC)

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.

Graduate Entrepreneurs Visa

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.



Impulse based at the Maxwell Centre provides a structured learning experience and tailored mentoring for PhDs, Post-Docs, researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs across the different fields of Physical Sciences and Technology. The programme is about strong action learning and result driven where participants bring their ideas to the table. It acts as a learning vehicle, prioritising and developing, with a sharp focus on “high-potential” businesses. Impulse is comprised of two three-day modules with online mentoring and one-to-one clinics in between over a period of 3 month. For more information about Impulse please visit our website or get in touch via email.


Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)

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-ISMMCU 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.

Masters in BioScience Enterprise (MBE)

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)

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.

Technology Enterprise Group (TEG)

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 institutions

Babraham Institute Enterprise Ltd (BIE)

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 Hack

Cambridge Hack design and run hack events.  If you’re grappling with a challenge, whether it be internal innovation or process improvement, or the search for external feedback or inspiration, our hacks will harness the power of collaboration.  We design our hacks to ensure enthusiastic engagement from participants, and they generate novel, valuable ideas, they spark innovation and they drive change.

Cambridge Hub

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.

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

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.

College activities

Churchill Enterprise

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

Downing Enterprise is a business plan competition where at least one member is a student or alumnus of Downing College.

Fitz Enterprise

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

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.

Parmee Prize for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

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

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.

Global Venture Lab Network

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.