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Spark: Spotting great ideas

This one-day workshop will give you an overview of how to take technology out of an academic setting and into the real world.

  • 14 Apr 2021, 9.30am to 14 Apr 2021, 3.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

During this one-day workshop we will:

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

After participating in the workshop, you should be equipped with methods to help you spot entrepreneurial opportunities, or indeed create them yourself! The knowledge and skills gained can be applied to all research areas and disciplines, not only those with a science or technology focus.

This workshop is the first in a programme, designed to develop entrepreneurial skills and business acumen across a broad range of disciplines. More on this event series.

Due to the latest advice about social distancing, this workshop will be delivered online.

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.

Places are limited, so please book early to secure your place.


A Researcher in the Department of Physic who attend last year's 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, and Dr Ali Hadavizadeh, Acorn Biz Solutions, with support from Research and Innovation Services (RIS) and the Doctoral College at the University of Bath.


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

Logos for Spin Up Science, Acorn Biz Solutions, and the EPSRC


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