Entrepreneurial Postdoc Societies
Entrepreneurial postdoc societies foster entrepreneurship in their postdoctoral communities.
They provide information, support, training and opportunities for postdocs to gain knowledge of, skills and experience in working with industry or starting up a venture.
A network of local entrepreneurial postdoc societies will boost the exchange of information, knowledge and expertise, and empower postdocs to meet their specific training needs and share innovative ideas.
There are currently Entrepreneurial Postdoc Societies at the University of Cambridge and Universität Innsbruck.
Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPOC)
EPOC was formed in 2015 in a concerted effort to maximise the entrepreneurial and business potential of Cambridge’s world-leading researchers.
They are an outward looking organisation, representing the interests of the research community within the ecosystem and promoting the region’s research excellence to the broader corporate world.
Internally, they develop and deliver initiatives to support Cambridge researchers in their pursuit of business and entrepreneurial ventures, and to awaken them to the multitude of opportunities around them.
EPOC, together with Cambridge Enterprise, host the annual Postdoc Business Plan Competition. The Postdoc Business Plan competition offers University of Cambridge postdocs the chance to win early stage funding for their business ideas, whether it’s a social enterprise or ground-breaking new invention.
Researchers with Entrepreneurial Spirit Innsbruck (RESI)
The RESI society was created in recognition of the increasing need to enhance the entrepreneurial mindset and a key set of skills postdoctoral researchers can use to pursue careers that will be personally and professionally both meaningful within and outside of academia.