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ICURe DISCOVER: Guidance for applicants

This NEW ICURe Discover Programme allows researchers from UK Universities and research facilities to explore commercialisation and understand the entrepreneurial world.  

How does it work? 

The research team’s Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) will undertake 8 weeks of part-time interaction, participating in regular half-day briefings. Utilising lean start-up methodology and Strategyzer’s business model you will learn how to use this approach to test what your potential customers think about your idea, product, or service.  In addition, you will learn about value propositions for commercialisation, mapping, market testing, as well as understanding the customer.  Past participants say that having ICURe support and the time to explore this exciting area has dramatically changed their perspective on their innovation, and been transformative. 

In just 4 days of learning (comprised of 8 half-days) the attendees will become equipped with essential learnings and skills to augment their research commercialisation. 

ICURe Discover is a pathway for further £35,000 ICURe Explore follow-on funding.

What does it include?

  • Support to carry out market and customer discovery on a part-time basis over an 8-week period
  • 8 half-day workshops, following a pre-course briefing with our team of experts
  • Flexible online delivery
  • Hearing from guest speakers, who will share their learning and experiences from their SETsquared journeys
  • Introduction to Strategyzer Business Model Canvas
  • Trainer, mentor and peer feedback with next steps guidance following your ICURE Discovery journey
  • Up to £2,500 support for market discovery activities

Who is eligible?

ICURe Discover is open to Research Students and technicians (all disciplines) from all UK universities and some public sector research enterprises (PSREs).   

All applicants MUST be able to commit part-time in accordance with the schedule in the Key Dates and Expectations page. 

The appropriate Technology Transfer Officer’s (TTO) in your organisation should be aware of/form part of the application, although their attendance is optional. They are encouraged to attend specific sessions, as shown in the key dates document. 

We are committed to improving diversity across our programmes and are actively seeking applications from under-represented groups, non-Russell Group Universities and Public Sector Research Enterprises. 

How do I apply? 

The application form may be accessed from the links on this website. All applications will go through a competitive selection process. Your application must have engaged with your university Technology Transfer Office (TTO) and your research group (PI) prior to applying. 

Before applying, we advise you to take a look at the application template to understand what information is required.

If you have any further questions please direct them to [email protected] or Thea Glasspool on 07557 179144.  

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