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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.

Catalyst is an internationally delivered  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 an intensive programme is 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.

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.

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The Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre is an EPSRC funded Skills and Training Hub based out of the University of Bristol which is part of the UK's National Quantum Technology Programme and based out of:

QTIC, 1 Cathedral Square, Trinity Street, College Green, Bristol BS1 5DD


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