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Commercial Skills

Biotech YES

The Biotechnology YES (Young Entrepreneurs Scheme) is a national innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience ideas among postgraduate students/postdoctoral scientists.

The competition is funded by sponsorship and aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture in the UK bioscience  postgraduate and postdoctoral base for the benefit of the UK economy.



i-Teams combines multi-disciplinary teams of students with industry mentors and real University inventions to assess the commercial viability of new technologies and product designs. 

Students gain real hands-on experience of investigating potential markets for a new technology, while researchers are given early feedback from potential partners and customers.

Teams of up to 7 students, selected from across all disciplines, work for a term (2 weeks for Taster projects) with the support of their team mentor, their researchers and the i-Teams Programme Director. Teams present their final conclusions to an audience of business and academic experts, and have the opportunity to present their projects at the annual CUTEC Technology Ventures Conference.


Centre for Entepreneurial Learning (CfEL)

The CfEL coordinates many training opportunities in the field of entrepreneurship, and many do focus on the life scineces specifically. You can find out more about them through link above, and their regular events in the links below.

  • MoTI. The MoTI suite of modules and lectures has been replaced by a large scale two-day event run by the Judge Business School. This is scheduled for the Lent Term, and will be bookable through this link once it is launched.
  • Enterprise Tuesday. An inspiring series of lectures given by emminent business leaders, followed by networking over refreshments. Link to full information.
  • Ignite. An intensive, one-week training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment.
  • Enterprisers. An educational experience that builds self-confidence and self-belief in order that you can begin to apply your knowledge and skills in entrepreneurial ways to create new ventures or support existing ones through being more proactive and innovative.


Student Societies in Cambridge