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Application Deadline: June 30th 2016

Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge EPOC run a business creation competition for postdocs of the University of Cambridge, a fantastic opportunity for anyone with a passion for entrepreneurship and an idea to explore. The competition is now open for  2016 entries.

Cambridge Enterprise was set up by the University to help students and staff commercialise their ideas and to aid the transfer of knowledge into the wider community. University members use Cambridge Enterprise to seek protection for their inventions and ideas, to license their technologies and to identify funding for their start-ups and spin outs.

Cambridge Enterprise offers support to all academic partners, from the fields of science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine, to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Eligibility

  •  The project presented must be led by a current postdoc of the University of Cambridge, or the majority of team members must be current postdocs of the University of Cambridge.
  • Postdocs can make submissions that relate to the work of their group leader but must have the project leader’s support and clearance to develop the intellectual property (IP).
  • Participants of the competition from previous years can re-enter the competition, but not the previous prize winners applying with the same project. Previous prize winners can only re-enter the competition if they have a completely different proposition from the one that was previously awarded a prize.
  • The competition focuses on research-derived projects to fit the Seed Funds remit.
  • Regarding The Coca-Cola Company’s dedicated award, the projects should be in a field of interest for The Coca-Cola Company, including the following:
  • Innovations related to changes in shopping behaviours in developed markets by 2025, and the impacts this may have on cold drink equipment e.g. coolers, vending, dispensers
  • Using technology to create a frictionless purchasing experience
  •  Reducing noise in open plan offices
  • Relevantly engaging consumers through packaging i.e. the closure, label, bottle (PET or glass) or can
  • Linking the physical and digital worlds through mass-produced packaging
  • Ways to cool things quickly or to keep them cool for longer
  • Intelligent inks
  •  Interactions between branded assets (e.g. print out, packaging, billboad) and digital devices
  • At-home preservation systems in developing markets for products that have a limited shelf life after opening
  •  Determining the sweetening potential of natural compounds

Prize

A special cash prize of £7,500 will be awarded by Coca-Cola to a business related to one of the following topics:

  • Innovations related to changes in shopping behaviours in developed markets by 2025, and the impacts this may have on cold drink equipment e.g. coolers, vending, dispensers
  • Using technology to create a frictionless purchasing experience
  • Reducing noise in open plan offices
  • Relevantly engaging consumers through packaging i.e. the closure, label, bottle (PET or glass) or can
  • Linking the physical and digital worlds through mass-produced packaging
  • Ways to cool things quickly or to keep them cool for longer
  • Intelligent inks
  • Interactions between branded assets (e.g. print out, packaging, billboard) and digital devices
  • At-home preservation systems in developing markets for products that have a limited shelf life after opening
  • Determining the sweetening potential of natural compounds

Competition Structure:

The competition will have three rounds: a first round followed by a semi-final and then a final, based on the following structure.

  • First round:  Deadline: 30 June 2016
  • Applications must be made according to section 4.5 in this document
  • Selection of up to ten semi-finalists
  • Semi-finalists announced: 21 July 2016.
  • Mentoring: a mentor from Cambridge Enterprise’s network will be assigned to each of the selected semi-finalists to help them improve their plans.
  • Learn about key business skills: at least three meetings or calls with mentors
  • Each mentor can work with more than one team
  • Mentors score the teams they have worked with
  • Semi-final:  Deadline: 29 September 2016
  • Applications must be made according to section 4.5 in this document
  •  Selection of up to six finalists
  • Finalists announced: 13 October 2016.
  •  First-stage presentation (to the judges): a first-stage presentation will take place on 20 October 2016 with the finalists and the judges in preparation for the Grand Finale.
  • This first-stage presentation will be part of the judging for the final round of the competition.
  • We encourage the postdoc in the team to deliver this presentation.
  • Content of the presentation must be according to section 4.5 in this document
  •  Final: the Grand Finale, including second-stage presentation (to an audience) will take place on 27 October 2016.
  •  Second-stage presentation: the finalists will present their business plans to the judges in front of an audience
  •  Content of the presentation must be according to section 4.5 in this document
  •  Up to three winners will be selected.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  University of Cambridge Postdoc Enterprise Competition 2016