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Transforming leading academic researchers into successful innovators

Dates TBC, likely to be Spring 2021




Turn your research into impact


Understand the language of business


Meet inspiring entrepreneurs and innovators


Develop entrepreneurial thinking and business skills

About the programme

A three-day programme for early career researchers and PhD students to develop entrepreneurial thinking and business skills.

Using academic and industry best-practice and exemplars drawn from SETsquared Partnership and its University Partners, we’ll inspire, connect, and help you develop a more impactful career and research.

We will equip you with tools to think creatively, network and listen effectively; teach you how to realise your idea’s potential and accept risks; offer you the skills to engage with entrepreneurs and innovators and increase your research impact.

The programme

YOU – what does it mean to be an innovator, an entrepreneur, or a successful researcher? Activities and sessions will be provided to help personal understanding, building successful habits, developing core skills, and understanding how you can create value that others recognise.

IDEAS – How to solve problems and spot opportunities. Starting with problems how can you move to viable solutions? We’ll develop compelling Value Propositions, Business Models, and effective strategies for exploring and testing how to take an idea to market. We will also explore how to understand the language of industry and how their needs relate to your research.

MAKING IT HAPPEN – Committing to action, partnership building and creating teams to deliver value.  Concluding with “what next” – identifying and selecting projects to work on across the remaining phases of activity

Who should apply?

• Early career researchers from across the SETsquared Partnership universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.
• From any academic discipline.

Researcher to Innovator was fantastic. It transformed the way I see the whole research ecosystem and the role I can potentially play within it. There are so many roles and possible relationships that I didn’t even think about before this programme.

Dr Michelle Harricharan, Research Associate, University of Bath

Researcher to Innovator is a robust programme which has completely changed the way I approach my research. It gives you the support you need to take the first steps in turning your ideas into a reality. Applying the concepts I’ve learnt on the course has improved the impact of my research, leading to a high impact publication and invitation to present at a high profile conference.

Michail Beliatis, EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey

I would highly recommend the Researcher to Innovator course.  It encompasses everything someone from a research background, transitioning into a more commercial role or seeking to commercialise his or her research, needs to know. We heard from a fantastic range of speakers, covering many different topics including entrepreneurialism and networking through to building a business.

Dr James Mithen, Researcher in Computational Physics, University of Surrey

Want to know more?

Please express your interest below and we will be in touch with further information asap.

Researcher to Innovator

We value your privacy and will never pass your details on to third party organisations.

SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey