iTeams

CIKC is also supporting the i-Teams programme, which has been running at Cambridge University since Lent term 2006. Based on a program at MIT, this is a unique opportunity for students to build go-to-market strategies for ground-breaking technologies being developed here in Cambridge. i-Teams allows entrepreneurial post-graduate students to work with real inventions to determine the best route for their commercialization, and present the results at CUTEC’s annual Technology Ventures Conference.

Each i-Team consists of up to 7 students from different disciplines and experience, and will work with a nominated research project selected from several University departments. The i-Team assesses the commercial prospects for the technology, by discussing the technology with real target customers in relevant industries.

The teams are guided by the labs’ Principal Investigators, the i-Teams Program Director (Amy Mokady, an experienced local entrepreneur), and mentors from the local business community. Together we will identify suitable product markets, and define directions for future technology development, helping to drive the use of lab research in real-world applications.

No prior experience needed, just enthusiasm and a willingness to try new approaches

In the 2007-8 academic year, a total of 8 projects were run, which included 3 from CAPE, 2 from the IfM and one from Physics. These projects involved a total of 55 students, including 10 PhD and 7 MPhil students from the CIKC departments.

i-Teams are currently looking for suggestions from research groups for i-Teams projects (www.iteamsonline.org). Researchers need to commit time and enthusiasm to support the students, and in return gain new insight into the true commercial potential for their research.

Please contact Amy Mokady, am678@cam.ac.uk, if you are interested in participating.

Application deadlines:

For Michaelmas Term: September 23 project details
For Lent Term: November 27 (project details available early November)
For Easter Term: TBC (project details available early February)

MORE INFORMATION www.iteamsonline.org