Cambridge Enterprise

Commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, one of the world's leading research-intensive universities

Cambridge Enterprise

The University of Cambridge's mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Cambridge's reputation for excellence is known internationally and reflects the scholastic achievements of its academics and students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by its staff.

Some of the most significant scientific breakthroughs occurred at the University, including the splitting of the atom, invention of the jet engine and the discoveries of stem cells, plate tectonics, pulsars and the structure of DNA.

From Isaac Newton to Stephen Hawking, the University has nurtured some of history's greatest minds and has produced more Nobel Prize winners than any other institution with 89 laureates.

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Cambridge Enterprise works in partnership with industry to help University innovators commercialise their research.

We act as business agents for academics who wish to provide consultancy, oversee the licensing of inventions and find vital funding opportunities for early-stage companies.

Detailed description:

The sharing of University research leads to incredible advances in technology, bioscience and engineering, bringing huge benefits to society and making a direct impact on the economy by creating new jobs, attracting inward investment and generating sales.

Our technology transfer team has completed more than 1,000 technology transfer transactions. We welcome contact from companies interested in licensing technologies from the University of Cambridge, and work with companies on an individual basis to identify specific areas of interest.

We offer an important and effective consultancy service which enables the University to share its knowledge with government, industry and the public sector and make a direct impact on society.

Cambridge Enterprise invests the University’s seed funds in new companies started by staff and students, building a bridge between research and commercial development to the benefit of society and the economy.

Service offered Y/N Notes
Research & development The University Research Office works with external organisations to develop and maximise research outcomes for long-term mutual benefit. In addition, many departments have dedicated Business Development Officers, Research Facilitators and Knowledge Transfer Facilitators to offer further assistance and to external organisations.
Research on demand
Sponsored research projects
Product testing and validation
Product design
Graduate placements and secondments The Careers Service is a University-funded department offering information and guidance to undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni of all disciplines. We are here to offer help THROUGHOUT our graduates' subsequent careers. We are based at Stuart House, 6 Mill Lane Cambridge CB2 1XE.
Graduate training
Graduate recruitment
Start-up incubator access ideaSpace is a community of people in Cambridge starting high impact new ventures. ideaSpace members are creating new business models which have the potential to benefit millions of people within a few years of start-up.
Innovation or enterprise centre access
Grant funding
Angel or venture capital relationships Through Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partners, investors have the opportunity to hear pitches from investment-ready Cambridge companies, followed by dinner at one of the Cambridge Colleges.
Corporate venturing relationships
Intellectual property assistance Cambridge Enterprise works in collaboration with University of Cambridge researchers to market and license technologies ranging from the biosciences to engineering.
Consultancy Cambridge Enterprise offers an important and effective consultancy service which enables the University to share its knowledge with government, industry and the public sector and make a direct impact on society.
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