Enterprise funding allows Cambridge students access to training via the Centre for Entrepr...


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has allocated substantial funding that will enable students at the University of Cambridge to benefit from the high quality entrepreneurship training provided by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) at Judge Business School.

This support means that places are now available on both the upcoming Ignite and Enterprisers programmes.

The next ‘Enterprisers’ programme is running from the 26th to 29th May 2009 at the Waterfront Conference Centre, Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire and is open to all postgraduate students at Cambridge – for FREE*. ‘Enterprisers’ has proved highly successful in building creative, communication and team skills as well as unlocking entrepreneurial potential. Students can learn how to bridge the gap between research and community as well as how to increase the impact of their ideas. ‘Enterprisers’ has received enthusiastic backing from a number of Research Councils keen to develop the skills of their students.

Ignite is running from 28th June to 4th July in 2009 for those looking to validate a technology-based business idea or innovation.

Professor Ian Leslie, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research and Chair of the University's Transferable Skills Steering Committee (who oversees use of the enterprise funds), stated: “We would encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities offered by these programmes to develop the innovative thinking, confidence and key skills needed in the commercial arena.”

Orsolya Ihasz, Enterprisers Programme Manager, commented; “This is great news for the Enterprisers programme. We know that previous students have found it a rewarding and productive experience. Not only do they develop a proactive and formidable network, students also gain valuable insights which can benefit research projects.”

Further information is available via the CfEL web site at www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk. Candidates interested in the Enterprisers programme should apply online via the CfEL web site by 13th April 2009. Those interested in the Ignite programme should book as soon as possible.

*Students may need to pay travel expenses

Image: Students participating in a previous CfEL Enterprisers programme

Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL)

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL), part of Judge Business School, aims to spread the spirit of enterprise to both the University of Cambridge community and to wider national and international audiences through the creation and delivery of a range of educational activities that inspire and build skills in the practise of entrepreneurship. The Centre collaborates with over 200 experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and other practitioners to provide relevant, credible and practical training. Around 40 courses, events and programmes in entrepreneurship are run per year and attended by 2000 + students and delegates.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC are the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing around £740 million a year in a broad range of subjects – from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.

For more information, visit http://www.epsrc.ac.uk


Enterprisers contact: Ms Orsolya Ihasz, Programme Manager; Tel: 01223 766261

Ignite contact: Ms Frances Bycroft, Programme Manager; Tel: 01223 765110

Media enquiries: Katharine Price, Marketing and Communications Manager; Tel: 01223 766917

CfEL general enquiries: Tel: 01223 766900; Email: cfel@jbs.cam.ac.uk; Web: www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk


The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge