Photograph of some Postdocs to Innovators (p2i) course materials


Developing future talent


p2i Consortium

The number of postdoc positions at universities has grown over the past years. However, tenured positions have not increased accordingly and long-term academic careers are now the exception, not the norm.


The Postdocs to Innovators (p2i) consortium was created in recognition of the increasing need to enhance postdoctoral researchers' entrepreneurial mindset and a key set of skills they can use to pursue careers that will be personally and professionally meaningful both within and outside of academia.


The current p2i partners, five leading Higher Education Institutes and two global enterprises, are all committed to improving the potential and mobility of postdocs to contribute to economic and social growth and expand European competitiveness.

The consortium also offers an international dimension to those who engage with the p2i programme - postdocs are a highly mobile workforce and p2i events bring cohorts together from different countries, providing a flavour of different entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Photograph of men and women working on a group project at a Postdocs to Innovators (p2i) workshop

p2i Programme

The p2i programme builds upon already existing provision at the partner organisations, by focusing on filling a gap in delivery at the very early stages of the entrepreneurial life cycle with a particular focus on changing mindsets, awareness, inspiration and intention.

Developing an entrepreneurial mindset and vital "know-how" to transform ideas into positive results are desirable attributes for careers in many different career paths.

Our main ambition is to ensure that those who engage with p2i come away with a clear understanding of the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset and its impact on a successful future regardless of their career trajectory.

The p2i programme is open to early career researchers (postdocs) from all of the partner organisations to engage in a range of activities matched to their interests and needs.


Participants are connected with other researchers, industrial contacts, investors, entrepreneurs, and academics with experience in starts-ups.

Graphic showing an overview of the p2i programme and activities

The Team

Karina Prasad FRSA

Head of the Postdoc Academy (PdA)

University of Cambridge

About Karina

Katia Smith-Litière


Entrepreneurship & Industrial Engagement Project Manager, PdA

University of Cambridge

About Katia


Hannes Rothe


Professor for Educational Service Engineering and IT-Entrepreneurship

Freie Universität Berlin

About Hannes

Sara Maria Matt


Technology Transfer Manager

Universität Innsbruck

About Sara

Charlotte Waugh


Enterprise and Innovation Programme Lead

Edinburgh Innovations

Edinburgh University

Karla Balaa

Associate Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Université PSL