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Postdoc Academy

 

Postdocs to Innovators (p2i)

Postdocs to Innovators is a pan-European partnership between universities and industry, which aims to encourage entrepreneurial activities and an innovative approach to postdocs' endeavours both within and outside academia.

Setting up a structured sustainable pathway, starting with the basics of entrepreneurship, will enhance career support, stimulate interactions between postdocs and enterprises, encourage and promote self-development, and empower postdocs to better exploit their knowledge and skills.

 

Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC)

EPOC is a club founded by postdocs with support from the Postdoc Academy, Cambridge Enterprise and Cambridge Judge Business School. 

They run regular events and initiatives to create awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities and foster a multidisciplinary network of entrepreneurial postdocs within the University.

Together with Cambridge Enterprise, they also hold an annual Postdoc Business Plan Competition.

Former speakers have included: GV (formerly Google Ventures), BP, IndieBio, AstraZeneca, and local crowdfunding organisations.

 

Other Support

There are numerous organisations around the University that can offer various types of support for entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurially minded postdocs. You can find a comprehensive list on the Cambridge University Enterprise Network website.

Of particular note for postdocs:

Cambridge Enterprise – in addition to their support for academics wishing to commercialise their research, they also hold events and training specifically aimed at postdocs, and, together with EPOC, an annual Postdoc Business Plan Competition.

Cambridge Judge Business School – in addition to their free Enterprise Tuesdays talks which are popular with postdocs, they often offer free or discounted places via the Postdoc Academy for postdocs on their entrepreneurial programmes.

Many of the Colleges and departments have enterprise competitions, awards, and/or funding, including:

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Latest news

Welcome to the Postdoc Academy - find out what this change means for you

7 July 2020

Over the next few weeks and months you're going to see some changes to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the first being that we're now called the Postdoc Academy.

Paid roles now available at the COVID-19 Testing Facility

25 June 2020

As you may be aware, to increase testing for COVID-19, the University of Cambridge, GSK and AstraZeneca recently set up a testing facility in the Anne McLaren Building on the University’s Biomedical Campus.

Postdoc Photo Competition Winners

13 May 2020

Congratulations to the winner and runners up in the Postdoc Photo Competition!