I was one of the first students who joined the i-Teams back in 2007. I have to admit that the experience really shaped my career, as I changed professional course and from an engineering student doing his PhD, became a business consultant, and then project manager.
George Lentaris, Intelligent Online Textbooks i-Team, Michaelmas 2007
I watched i-Teams do the hard work the other night. They took new and innovative technologies and guided them towards a useful and potentially commercial purpose. Entrepreneurship animates innovation and drives change.. Amy Mokady and her iTeams programme are showing how science and engineering will continue to drive us forward.
School for Startups
i-Teams has become a key element of our technology transfer process in Cambridge, and consistently delivers powerful and well-researched results to our inventors. Cambridge Enterprise strongly supports the i-Teams programme, and we are always impressed with the enthusiasm and energy that the teams bring to their projects.
Teri Willey, Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise, The University of Cambridge
i-Teams uniquely delivers critical industry feedback into university technologies at an early stage, greatly increasing their chances of later commercial success. The students gain hands-on skills which will benefit them throughout their professional careers, and the researchers gain valuable links into the local business community and into relevant industries. The programme is a very efficient and cost-effective way of leveraging the country’s investment in scientific research into commercial benefit.
Walter Herriott OBE, Chairman, Hauser Forum & Former Managing Director, St Johns Innovation Centre
i-Teams is an exciting programme which adds real commercial insight into technology projects at an early stage. Young companies need strong teams of people and a viable market opportunity to succeed, not just a unique technology. i-Teams helps both researchers and students to understand this through hands-on experience, and increases the chance of inventions leading to real fundable business opportunities. It has become a crucial part of the Cambridge ecosystem.
Robert Sansom, Chairman, Cambridge Angels
Feedback from students
i-Teams was a highlight of my time at Cambridge! My teammates were amazing, and I learned so much about business and entrepreneurship. I felt like I was part of an exciting new project and contributing to the development of an important technology!
Lindsay Moore, Psychology and Neuroscience in Education, i-Teams Easter 2011
This project was extremely attractive to me because of its potential to be applied in various areas and the possibility to completely revolutionize the current methods of initial drug screening. Working on this project has taught me an enormous amount about general business strategy, market analysis, team building, effective communication and presentation. This has been an invaluable experience for me.
Jing Zhang, Chemistry, i-Teams student, Lent 2010 & CUE President 2011/12
Our team was like a small company, working together to achieve a common goal
Salvatore Mascia, Chemical Engineering, i-Teams student & CUTEC President 2006/07
i-Teams is one of the most entertaining and inspiring projects I have ever worked on. It has helped to reshape and direct my future career towards entrepreneurship.
Vaclav Potesil, Computational Biology, i-Teams student
Feedback from researchers
I am ecstatic! They did a fantastic job.
Professor Nigel Slater FREng, Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology
This was too good an opportunity to miss. We recognised the value of i-Teams immediately and were pleased to have been chosen as the first project from outside Cambridge. We have been impressed with the high calibre team assembled and plan to stay in touch with them.
Professor David Russell, Chemistry, University of East Anglia, Chief Science Officer of Intelligent Fingerprinting
“My feedback on i-Teams is truly excellent. I think they have done an exceptional job. They found new applications for our microhotplates and I am already thinking of starting one or even two new R&D projects in these areas.”Dr. Florin Udrea, Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge & co-founder of CamSemi“I usually stick with my decisions once I make them, but the student i-Team made me reconsider my own conclusions and adopt a different approach”
Professor John Archer, Genetics, University of Cambridge
Feedback from sponsors
“i-Teams is an excellent and innovative programme which allows students to gain real-world business experience. They have to face questions and issues which are crucial to an entrepreneur in any size of business and they can be seen to come a long way in a short time. The structured approach taken to identifying market opportunities identifies new possibilities which are unlikely otherwise to be spotted, and for some projects this has played a pivotal role in commercialisation of the technology.”
Dr. Philip Martin, Partner, Marks & Clerk LLP
“Taylor Vinters enjoy supporting i-Teams and are continually impressed by the enthusiasm, creativity and analytical skills demonstrated by the teams. The decisions which entrepreneurs make at the very earliest stage in the life of a business are absolutely crucial. i-Teams’ budding entrepreneurs learn those decision-making skills through the real-life projects they are offered by i-Teams and the mentoring they receive through the programme and gain experience of working in top-class teams with complementary skills. Cambridge is an exciting and dynamic place to do business and i-Teams is helping to develop the future of this innovation community.”
Patrick Farrant, Partner and Head of Technology, Taylor Vinters Solicitors