Entrepreneurship for researchers

Developing entrepreneurial mind-sets in doctoral researchers enables them to apply entrepreneurial thinking to their research and to gain confidence in the commercialisation space.

Researcher Training Programmes 2021/22

All Ph.D. students

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mind-set

18 October 2021 (2pm. – 4pm.)

The aim of this interactive session is to introduce you to some of the practical skills needed to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set including the concepts of opportunity recognition, creativity and innovation, initiative and self-reliance, and problem solving.

An entrepreneurial mind-set is the tendency to discover, evaluate and exploit opportunities. Cultivating an entrepreneurial mind-set can help you achieve personal fulfilment and professional growth in various career paths.

Generating and Shaping Ideas

22 November 2021 (9am. – 1pm.)

In research as well as in a start-up, social enterprise or corporate environment, creative thinking and problem solving skills are critical to moving forward towards any goal. In this workshop, you will work with others to generate an innovative idea. This workshop will give you an insight into how to create ideas to tackle a particular challenge. It is also designed help you define the problem before thinking creatively to solve it. The processes used can be adapted for your own research.

This workshop will be interactive and will involve working on activities in small groups.

Developing Solutions for Enterprise Creation

17 March 2022 (10am. to 3pm.)

Ever considered how you might start a research driven enterprise? With this one-day workshop, you will learn the basics of setting up an enterprise. You will work in a team on a business simulation to develop an idea for a product and pitch for funding. This one-day workshop will give you an insight into how to spot an opportunity for an enterprise from a research idea. The workshop is designed for you to learn the basics of developing a research-led business whilst role-playing in a given team scenario.

This workshop will be interactive and will involve working on activities in small groups.

Exploring Market Potential (4-week programme)

6 June 2022 (over 4 weeks Monday and Thursday 10 to 12)

In the 4-week programme, you will work in groups on an existing business commercialisation challenge from a start-up or spinout company. Developing knowledge and skills in commercialisation and knowledge transfer. Over 4-weeks, you will gain an insight into the importance of market discovery and market needs as you investigate the opportunity for the business.

This workshop will be interactive and will involve working on activities in small groups and creating a business model canvas.

Third and Fourth Year Ph.D. students

Innovation and Commercialisation of Research (8-week programme)

Semester 1 - 3 November 2021 (over 8 weeks Wednesday 10 to 12)

emester 2 - 15 February 2022 (over 8 weeks Tuesday 10 to 12)

In the 8-week programme, you will develop a commercialisation idea based on your own area of research and prepare a 5-minute pitch and an outline business proposal canvas that outlines the opportunity. There are also follow-on sessions to support you if you would like to take the idea forward. Developing the ability and confidence to transfer knowledge from the research phase to the market.

Doctoral students can register to attend the ICR programme by contacting the Programme Coordinator (Lynn Sheppard).

All Postdoctoral Researchers

Researcher to Innovator

Cohort 1 - 18/19 October 2021 (FSE only)

Cohort 2 - March 2022

An exciting entrepreneurship training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment (reserved to 20 places by selection).