Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning

Entrepreneurship at the University

CfEL works with several departments within the University of Cambridge to offer courses in entrepreneurship specifically designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of their degree programmes.


Undergraduates

Department of Biochemistry

CfEL runs two lectures within Part II/III of Biochemistry as part of the Biotechnology option. The two lectures will focus particularly on protecting intellectual property and starting a biotechnology business. Find out more »

Computer Laboratory

CfEL Entrepreneur in Residence Jack Lang delivers a series of lectures in Business Studies for Part II Computer Scientists at the start of Easter Term. The aim of this course is to introduce students to all the things that go to making a successful project or product other than just the programming, with a focus on the issues that need to be considered when starting a new computer company. Features case studies and lectures from entrepreneurs in this sector. Find out more »

How to Apply

Students should register for these modules via their departments. Further information and course outlines on CfEL entrepreneurship modules available to undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge can be found on CamTools, the online teaching resource. Students are automatically registered on the CamTools' CfEL worksite when they sign up for our modules.

Enterprise Tuesday Programme

Our Enterprise Tuesday programme is open to all undergraduate students within the University of Cambridge. Learn more about the entrepreneur inside and listen to inspirational speakers. Find out more »

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Postgraduates

Graduate School of Life Sciences

The Entrepreneurship programme runs as four sessions of 90 minutes each. Each session involves relevant guest entrepreneurs and practitioners with experiences in the area of biological sciences, and includes case examples and personal insights and experiences from the speaker alongside more theory and entrepreneurial tools. Apply via the Graduate School of Life Sciences online booking system »

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MBA Students

Given increasing interest in entrepreneurship and employer demand for entrepreneurial skills, Cambridge Judge Business School has introduced an 'Entrepreneurship Concentration' within the MBA programme. It enables MBA students to engage for part of the time in courses, activities and a final 'Capstone Project' which focus on entrepreneurship. Some of the associated courses available are listed below:

Associated Courses

  • Entrepreneurship Venture Capital
  • Entrepreneurship: ETECH Projects
  • Entrepreneurship: How to Start a Company
  • New Venture Finance

Concentration activities will be conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) and will include mentoring meetings with our Entrepreneurs in Residence, Venture Capitalists and visits to local companies.

The Capstone Project

The entrepreneurship Capstone Project is designed to help link learning gained on the MBA with an entrepreneurial venture.

Visit the Cambridge Judge Business School website for a full list of associated courses and to find out more about the Capstone Project.

Extracurricular Options

There are also a number of open programmes and activities available across the year that provide opportunities to mix with students from across different disciplines, as well as meeting members of the business community and the entrepreneurial network.

Enterprise Tuesday

This series is comprised of 12 sessions running from October to the end of February each year, with lectures on specific educational themes. These range from 'understanding markets' and 'learning how to pitch ideas' to 'recognising opportunities', all of which are designed to provide inspiration and practical help to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Enterprise Tueday provides a valuable opportunity to meet others interested or involved in the entrepreneurship or business creation scene, in and around Cambridge. The combination of lectures and networking with the mix of student, aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs has proved extremely successful leading to positive business links and the creation of a number of start-ups. A high percentage of MBA students attend Enterprise Tuesday, some of whom have exploited opportunities to form teams and start up businesses. If you're interested in attending, please register online. Find out more »

Ignite

MBA students are offered the opportunity to act as a facilitator on the CfEL's highly successful Ignite programme aimed at fast-tracking innovations to commercial success. This enables the MBAs to practice skills developed during their course at Cambridge Judge Business School on real business ideas, build relationships with innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs and to connect with a wide network of experienced experts and practitioners. Find out more »

Enterprisers

MBA students can now also act as a facilitator on the CfEL Enterprisers programmes. This is a new opportunity to learn about building teams, develop coaching skills and relationships with people from different backgrounds in a fun, action-oriented and practical course. Find out more »

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Student Societies

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) and Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC) offer access to competitions, workshops and skills development.

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE)

The Business Creation Competition run by CUE is a great vehicle for testing out and developing business ideas with teams from across the University. It is one of the most successful student-run business planning and creation competitions in Europe. To date, CUE has awarded over £320,000 in grants to 41 business ideas. Find out more »

Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC)

Students can access a number of workshops and networking events via the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC). This includes the annual Tech Ventures Conference, a major event in the Cambridge calendar. Students can join the committee and become involved in planning speakers, finding sponsorship and building connections with the wider business community. Find out more »

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Resources

There is a growing library of resources for entrepreneurs in the form of videos, podcasts, presentations, case studies and reports. We also provide tips and advice on networking, as well as the chance to connect with key members of the Cambridge business and entrepreneurial community. Find out more »

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