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Spark: Spotting Great Ideas

Part of 'A road map to becoming an enterprising ECR' series, this event looks at taking technology out of the academic setting and into the wider world.

  • 14 Jul 2020, 9.30am to 14 Jul 2020, 5.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

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

The knowledge and skills gained on the course can be applied to all research areas and disciplines, not only those with a science or technology focus.

During this one-day session we will be:

  • using examples from local start-ups to practice spotting opportunities for innovation and understanding gaps
  • looking at how start-up businesses have developed their products and take part in idea-generating exercises

By the end of the day you should be equipped with methods to help you to spot entrepreneurial opportunities, or indeed create them yourself.

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

This session is the first 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 Physics who attended last year said:

The workshop I attended 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.

This workshop series is funded by the UKRI-EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) at the University.

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