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Ignition: Business Builder

Part of 'A road map to becoming an enterprising ECR' series, this two-day interactive course will provide an insight into building your own company.

  • 4 Aug 2020, 9.30am to 5 Aug 2020, 3.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

This two-day interactive workshop is facilitated by Dr Ben Miles and Dr Maddy Nichols, Spin Up Science and Dr Ali Hadavizadeh, Acorn Biz Solutions.

It is designed for participants who have either their own research-generated idea, or are willing to work with a hypothetical one.

We will take you through a series of activities designed to get you thinking about how you take an idea and start a company. The course covers:

  • defining the market value
  • identifying potential customers and competitors
  • the route to market and how the IP status might affect the freedom to operate

‘A road map to becoming an enterprising Early Career Researcher’ series

This session is the second in a series of three workshops for ECR staff, designed to develop entrepreneurial skills and business acumen across a broad range of disciplines and build a cohort of future mentors across the University.

The workshops can be taken independently, or as part of a series, depending on your prior experience and interests.

However, please note you will need to have taken at least one of the previous sessions to sign up to the third workshop in the series.


A researcher from the Department of Chemical Engineering who attended last year said:

The ignition #2 workshop gave me very great ideas about the opportunities for entrepreneurship in UK. I’ve learnt how to set up a start-up, from registration to share management and legal conflictions. I’ve learnt about the most common types of companies and pros and cons with each one of them. I also gained skills about how to negotiate with different people and how to represent my ideas in the best way. To sum it up, it was a fun and great experience and I recommend it to every PhD student.

'A road map to becoming an enterprising Early Career Researcher' series is funded by the UKRI-EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) at the University.

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