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)
  • 14 February 2024 (11:00 - 13:00)
  • 24 April 2024 (11:30 - 13:30)
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)
  • 7 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)
  • 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

  • Innovation and Commercialisation of Research (ICR)

    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 their own research area, gaining skills and confidence to transfer research knowledge to the market.

    This programme examines various aspects of commercialisation of research. Students evaluate their business opportunity, developing a commercial business case, and prepare a 5-minute pitch and business proposal canvas. The programme includes lectures, study group tutorial sessions and follow-on sessions supporting those wishing to take their idea forward.

    Delivery: In person and online

    Semester 1: 25 September 2024 (10 weeks, Wednesday 11:00 – 13:00)

    Semester 2: 29 January 2025 (10 weeks, Wednesday 11:00 – 13:00)

  • Download the Application form to secure your place.

  • Researcher to Innovator (R2I)

    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.

    Semester 1: 

    Information Sessions: 18th and 19th October 2023

    Applications Open: 19th October

    Application Deadline: 30th October

    Programme: 16th November 2023 - 19th February 2024

    Semester 2: 

    Information Sessions: 20th and 21st March 2024

    Applications Open: 21st March 

    Application Deadline: 1st April

    Programme: 16th April - 12th June 2024

  •  Network Intelligence (nIQ) Academy

    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: Summer 2024