Entrepreneurship for researchers
Developing an entrepreneurial mind-set enables researchers to apply entrepreneurial thinking to their research and to gain confidence in the commercialisation space.
Researcher Training Programmes Timetable 2023/24
Workshops for PhD Students
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mind-set - 2-hour workshop (Online)
Introducing some of the practical skills needed to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set.
- 12 October 2023 (11:00 - 13:00) Find out more and Register Now
- 14 February 2024 (11:00 - 13:00)
Generating and Shaping Ideas – Half day workshop (Online)
Introducing processes to help you spot opportunities, define a problem and create ideas to solve it.
- 2 November 2023 (09:30 – 12:30) Find out more and Register Now
- 6 March 2024 (09:30 – 12:30)
Exploring Enterprise Creation – Full day workshop
Learn how to spot an opportunity for an enterprise from a research idea and the basics of developing a research-led business.
- 30 November 2023 (09.30 - 16:30) Find out more and Register Now
- 10 April 2024 (09:30 - 16:30)
Developing a Business Idea for the Creative Industries – Full day workshop
Develop commercial awareness, critical thinking, and creative communication skills.
- 1 May 2024 (09:30 – 16:30)
Programmes for Researchers
MCEL60091/2 Innovation and Commercialisation of Research (ICR)
A 10-week accredited programme for 3rd and 4th year PhD students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to develop a commercialisation idea based on your own area of research. Throughout this programme students will develop the skills and confidence to transfer their research knowledge to the market. In addition to this there are also follow-on sessions to support students wishing to take their idea forward.
27 September 2023 (over 10 weeks Wednesday 11:00 – 13:00)
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31 January 2024 (over 10 weeks Wednesday 11:00 – 13:00)
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Researcher to Innovator (R2I) Programme
This bespoke programme is designed for final-year PhD students, PDRAs and early-career researchers who have an interest in creating impact through commercialisation. Delivered by research and innovation experts, the programme runs twice a year.
The programme includes a series of interactive personal and professional development sessions which introduce the concept of commercialisation, equipping researchers with strategies to take ideas forward and discover new pathways to funding.
Information Sessions: 18th and 19th October
Programme: 16th November 2023 - 19th February 2024
Information Sessions: April 2024
Programme: March 2024 - June 2024
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Network Intelligence (nIQ) Academy
An insight into Network Intelligence - guides aspiring researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators through a structured process during which they build their ecosystem and learn to utilise their networks more effectively. (Online and in-person)
Semester 1: November 2023
Semester 2: February 2024