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 and many others.
Projects for this course are:
1. Identifying the best initial markets for a new thermal energy harvesting technique, with Dr. Sohini Kar-Naraya of Materials Science & Metallurgy
2. Finding the best market for a new method to photo-reform plastic waste into organics molecules and hydrogen, with Taylor Uekert & Dr. Christian Pichler of Chemistry
3. Investigating the best applications for an accurate fitness tracker face mask, with Daniel Morales Valdivia of Unlimitech and Dr. Tanya Hutter (formerly of Chemistry)
Apply by Monday 9th December . Teams will be notified by Thursday 12th December.
The first session is on Monday 13th January at 7pm, when you will meet the inventors behind the projects, and then sessions will run every Monday at 7pm with a final presentation session on Thursday March 19th.
Sessions are held in the Institute for Manufacturing.
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 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 in the Lent term on Tuesday evenings from 14th October to 10th March, with an application deadline of 9th December. You are welcome to apply for both courses but please make it clear which is your preferred one.
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.