University of Bath

Entrepreneurship training programme for EPSRC- funded doctoral students

Develop your entrepreneurship skills in our series of free hands-on workshops

About the programme

This programme, delivered by Spin Up Science, is intended to up-skill science and engineering doctoral students in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. It is supported by EPSRC funding as part of their National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF).

It consists of a series of free practical workshops in January and February delivered either on campus or at the Unit DX Science Incubator in Bristol.

The workshops are open to all doctoral students but priority will be given to EPSRC-funded students in the first instance.

Programme dates

When requesting a place on a workshop, please indicate whether you are an EPSRC-funded student or part of an EPSRC-funded CDT.

Real world translation

Wednesday 9 January | 10:15 - 17:05

An exercise-driven workshop in identifying the impact for scientific discoveries. Learn how to assess whether an idea has real world benefit and how to take it beyond the laboratory. Understand what makes some technologies successful and what holds others back.

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Delivering projects while winning over stakeholders

Thursday 17 January | 10:15 - 17:05

An interactive workshop suitable for fine-tuning projects from PhD to industry. Effective project management with the right tool sets can optimise opportunities for success while actively managing the expectations of stakeholders. Practice delivering the skills learned in a hands-on team-based delivery challenge.

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Knowing your audience and communicating confidently

Thursday 22 January | 13:15 - 16:05

A practical workshop to provide researchers with the opportunity to practice compelling communication to non-scientists about their scientific field. Sessions are group driven and explore different audience demographics making for interdisciplinary groups of researchers.

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Introduction to the local innovation ‘ecosystem’

Wednesday 13 February | 10:30 - 16:30

A workshop designed to inspire while showcasing the activity and opportunities in Bristol's scientific innovation ecosystem, held in the Unit DX Science Incubator. A chance to meet with founders and scientists working in start-ups, hear talks on IP and research translation and take part in a hands-on exercise in scientific innovation.

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Entrepreneur experience

Monday 25 February to Friday 1 March

An immersive experience working on a live entrepreneurial business guided by scientific consultants. Learn 'on the job' by spending a week helping a client build their business from the ground up. Alternatively, if you have an idea for a scientific business, be the client yourself. Find a market, a customer, develop a revenue model, build contact with industry, then pitch for investment. Learn the skill sets necessary to build your own company and translate your research into the real world.

The programme aims to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurially minded researchers and arm them with the skill-sets needed to commercialise new discoveries in their field.

The program is based in Bristol’s first Science Incubator, Unit DX, the focal point for the area’s growing scientific innovation ecosystem. We bring teams of researchers together to work shoulder-to-shoulder with innovators, entrepreneurs, and start ups in an immersive crash course in creating successful science companies.

This experience is limited to five participants. Please email us to express an interest in this opportunity.

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