Developing future talent
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 three 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.
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.
Karina Prasad FRSA
Head of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Cambridge
Entrepreneurship & Industrial Engagement Project Manager
University of Cambridge
Researcher Development Manager
University of Glasgow
Sara Maria Matt-Leubner
Technology Transfer Manager
Professor for Educational Service Engineering and IT-Entrepreneurship
Freie Universität Berlin