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Budding entrepreneurs can attend our events to find out more about the world of deep technology businesses. Through our series of evening talks, one-day training courses and week-long bootcamp we aim to inspire people to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions.

Benchtop to Business is a series of six to eight evening lectures and networking sessions open to staff and students of Universities and also to the local business community. Each session has two speakers who talk through through their experiences of creating and exiting their own deep technology start-up. This is followed by a Q&A panel session made up of the speakers and other entrepreneurs from the local start-up scene. After the session, the attendees and contributors network over drinks and nibbles. 


This programmme aims to introduce participants to the world of business, as well as to encourage and inspire all individuals to pursue their entrepreneurial ambition. It also provides an opportunity for the business community to mix with academic talent / researchers and is an opportunity for all participants to build and extend build their quality networks.

Catalyst is an internationally delivered one to two-day workshop, aimed at helping PhD and early stage research scientists explore how their skill sets and ideas can be developed beyond direct research and publication. It was devised to challenge and address the perception that academia is the only way to promote and grow the outcomes arising from an individual’s research interests.

The workshop is designed with two main aims, to:

1. Show participants how they can grow their research ideas outside of academia and provide them with practical knowledge on how to accomplish this.

2. Introduce participants to the development of soft skills related to business and how they will be helpful in their studies and any future career they choose.

Launchpad is a 3.5 day intensive programme based on a number of distinguished courses which have been run in Cambridge including the ‘Enterprisers’ and ‘Ignite’ programmes.


Launchpad seeks to foster an entrepreneurial spirit in MRes, PhD and early-stage PDRAs who are from a deep science and engineering background. The overall objective is to inspire individuals to realise that commercialisation is a realistic alternative to continued research and there is a world beyond academia.


The course helps delegates gain clarification of their business propositions and gives them confidence to take their ideas forward.  


QTEC's current funding comes to an end in March 2021 but we are hoping to receive additional funds for future cohorts soon.

If you're interested in joining us as a QTEC Fellow then you can register your interest and you will be sent information about our future cohorts as soon as they are announced.

Future QTEC Cohorts


Invest West and Investor Showcases

If you are an investor who is interested in investment opportunities, then all of our alumni who are currently seeking investment are on the investment platform, Invest West. 

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Making Scientists Entrepreneurs 

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1 Cathedral Square
Trinity Street
College Green,
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