Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning


The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning was launched at Cambridge Judge Business School on 1 September 2003 with a mission to "spread the spirit of enterprise" by providing educational activities to inspire and build skills in the practise of Entrepreneurship.

CfEL Achievements 2003-2013

  • Our flagship programmes are Enterprise Tuesday, ETECH Projects, Ignite, Enterprisers and the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship
  • More than 16,000 people have participated in CfEL programmes and events since 2003
  • Over 200 programmes and events have been completed
  • 200+ business ventures created by CfEL alumni
  • An established network of 300+ entrepreneurs and practitioners have contributed to CfEL activities
  • 18 business plan competitions have been run in conjunction with the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE)
  • Over 500 videos, video clips and podcasts published since 2008
  • In 2011, introduced the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship leading to a qualification awarded by the University of Cambridge
  • Launched the Cambridge Graduate Business of the Year Award in conjunction with Cambridge Business Weekly in 2011
  • New book published on the lessons learned over the last ten years: 'Unlocking the Enterpriser Inside: The why, what and how'. Co-authored by Dr Shai Vyakarnam, CfEL director, and Neal Hartman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Published by World Scientific Publishing Company in 2011

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Enterprise Tuesday

  • 1700 people registered for the 2010/2011 programme
  • 3% increase in total evening attendance 2010/2011
  • 53% attendance from University of Cambridge (including Cambridge Judge Business School)
  • 33% of attendees from local business community
  • 12% of attendees from other universities
  • 5 discussion groups delivered after lectures by Cambridge Consultants, CUE, CUTEC, Beyond Profit and the CIM
  • 2 extra sessions designed and delivered for the Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) students
  • 1 Best Practice workshop delivered jointly with Enterprise Educators UK and ideaSpace

ETECH Projects (formerly Emerging Technologies Entrepreneurship)

  • Over 600 students have benefited from the programme from 2004 to 2011
  • Over 40 inventors have engaged with the programme since 2004
  • More than 50 novel technologies have been assessed since 2004
  • 58 MBAs, 11 EMBAs, 38 PhDs and 3 Post Doctorate Researchers took part in the programme 2010-2011
  • 106 undergraduate students from Materials Science, Chemical Engineering and Physics departments participated in 2 ETECH projects electives run during 2010 and 2011


  • 26 Enterprisers programmes run from 2002 to 2011
  • 1400+ students inspired by the programme
  • Over 60 entrepreneurial ventures being pursued by Enterprisers alumni
  • Over 200 academic, expert and student facilitators have been involved
  • 50 leading entrepreneurs, Enterprisers alumni and industry experts have contributed to the programme
  • Over 70 academic institutions, 30 sponsors and 40 contributors have supported the growth of the Enterprisers programme


  • 13 Ignite programmes delivered to date
  • 530 delegates from 26 countries inspired by the programme
  • 50% of delegates (on average) come from overseas
  • 90+ technology-based business ideas created or made significant progress by Ignite alumni since 1999
  • 140+ entrepreneurs, investors, venture heads and other professionals contributed the programme each year
  • More than 85 million in funding raised by Ignite alumni 1999 to 2009
  • Launched new mentoring scheme in 2011

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