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Innovation & Enterprise Summer School 1: Ideation and evaluation


Innovation & Enterprise Summer School
This year, RDP is pleased to launch an Innovation & Enterprise Summer School for PhD students, led by Dr Emma Williams of EJW Solutions.

Innovation and enterprise are essential aspects of modern research, whether in a university or commercial setting. Developing ideas and assessing their viability; finding backers and a team collaborators; securing financial support; making a plan to deliver results – these are common to research in every field, and every sector. In this summer school, you can refresh your existing skills as well as learning new insights and practical models. You can use the summer school to focus intensively on your current research, or you can use it to try out new ideas. You don’t need to have any plans for, or prior experience of, knowledge exchange and commercialisation.

The four sessions of the summer school have been designed as a pathway, but you are welcome to book for single sessions, i.e. there is no requirement to sign up for the whole programme or to have completed the preceding sessions in order to book for a later one.

Workshop 1: Ideation and evaluation - generating ideas for enterprise and research
Where do great business ideas come from? How do we know a research idea is sound?
This interactive workshop will use ideation and evaluation tools from the world of business. The morning will open up the world of enterprise and entrepreneurship whilst giving you tools to use in your research.

The other workshops in the series are:
Workshop 2: Mapping out success in research and enterprise
Workshop 3: Business plans and funding: turning ideas into reality
Workshop 4: Telling the world about your idea: pitching yourself

Target audience

All PhD students.
Postdocs are encouraged to find out about entrepreneurship training offered by the OPdA.
Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.


One 2.5 hour session

There will not be a scheduled break in this session, so you are encouraged to go to the Whale Café on your way in and pick up a drink. If you show your University card, you will get a small discount!

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