Interested in how new technologies are commercialised? Looking for some hands-on business skills and experience? Then read on!
“I was one of the first students who joined i-Teams. 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, and I have now founded my own company”
George Lentaris (i-Teams and Founder of EnerVibe)
By joining an Innovation i-Team, you will work for a term with post-graduates from across the University and a dedicated industry mentor. You will investigate the commercial potential of a real Cambridge invention, gaining hands-on skills and experience. Past i-Teams projects include Raspberry Pi, AQDOT, Cambridge CMOS Sensors, Sphere Fluidics, Cambridge Nanosystems, Immaterial Labs, Ampika, WaterScope and many others.
Projects for this course are:
1. Investigating the market need for an ultra-miniaturised spectrometer, with Dr. Tom Albrow-Owen of the Centre for Advanced Photonics & Electronics
2. Cytography: Identifying applications for a new class of imaging flow cytometer, with Mr. Gillies Kleboe, Dr. Steven Lee of Chemistry & Dr. Kevin O’Holleran of PDN
3. Recommending a market entry strategy for a blockchain-based IP licensing system, with Dr. Frank Tietze of the Institute for Manufacturing
Apply by Tuesday December 8th. Teams will be notified by Friday December 11th.
The first session is on Monday January 18th at 7pm, when you will meet the inventors behind the projects, and then sessions will run every Monday evening with a final presentation session on Wednesday March 24th.
Sessions will be held online via Zoom, and other online platforms will be used to support your teamwork.
The Monday evening sessions include a training lecture or workshop and time for team meetings. Past i-Teamers estimate that their projects needed about 4 hours a week of individual effort in addition to the weekly sessions. As part of their projects, team members will need to contact external industry experts by phone/zoom and email – some calls and meetings may need to take place during office hours. The full syllabus is available here.
Medical i-Teams will also run online in the Lent term on Tuesday evenings from January 19th to March 16th, with an application deadline of December 8th. You are welcome to apply for both courses but please make it clear which is your preferred one.
Innovation i-Teams will run every term in 2020-21, Development i-Teams will run in the Michaelmas and Easter terms and Medical i-Teams will run in Lent term 2021. When face-to-face sessions are possible again, these will be held in the Institute for Manufacturing on the West Cambridge site.
Application form for Innovation i-Teams
Please include a covering letter indicating which project most interests you and why, and a brief CV of your background and experience. You are more likely to secure a place on a team if you specify a second choice project.