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Spark: Spotting Great Ideas - 31 January 2022

This one-day workshop will equip you with the practical skills and working knowledge of taking research innovation beyond the lab and into the marketplace.

  • 31 Jan 2022, 9.00am to 31 Jan 2022, 3.30pm GMT
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

During this workshop we will use examples from local start-ups to practice spotting opportunities for innovation and understanding gaps, and start to evaluate what makes some technologies successful and what holds others back.

After participating in the workshop, you should be equipped with methods to help you spot entrepreneurial opportunities, or indeed create them yourself!

Key Learning Outcomes

  • build a mindset that is entrepreneurially and commercially aware
  • increase understanding of how to spot innovation opportunities
  • develop an analysis approach for understanding the potential of an idea
  • develop the soft skills to communicate ideas and win support

Who should attend?

The workshop is open to academic researchers at the University of Bath who wish to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and build skills that can be applied to their own research. Academics at all levels of professional development and from every discipline are encouraged to apply. The knowledge and skills gained can be applied to all research areas and disciplines, particularly those with a technology focus.

This workshop will be delivered online. Places are limited to 15 attendees, so please book early to secure your place before they fill up.


A Researcher in the Department of Physics who attended a previous workshop said:

The workshop was extremely engaging and highly informative. All the speakers who attended knew their audience, kept a dynamic pace, and pitched everything at the right level - I think everyone came out having learned a lot. It was also great to interact with a community of like-minded people who were looking to develop their entrepreneur focused skills and learn how to make the most of the very unique skill set...This was by far the best workshop I've attended at the University so far, and I'll definitely be attending similar ones in the future.


The workshops are facilitated by Dr Ben Miles and Dr Maddy Nichols at Spin Up Science, with support from Research and Innovation Services (RIS) at the University of Bath.


The Programme is funded by the UKRI-EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) and EPSRC funding to the Doctoral College at the University of Bath.

Enterprising workshop series

This workshop is the first in the programme of 3 workshops designed to develop entrepreneurial skills and business acumen across a broad range of disciplines and build a cohort of future mentors across the University.

See our announcement for other workshops in the series.

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