Entrepreneurship Events

Entrepreneurship Events are opportunities for postdocs curious about commercialisation and aspiring entrepreneurs to form a team, and develop, test and pitch a business idea in an intense couple of days.

Venture Creation Weekends

Provide a hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their start-up ideas are viable. Participants develop, test and launch their business in 54 hours.

BioData Hackathons

Provide postdocs, students, health tech innovators, and budding entrepreneurs with a background in genomics, biodata, UX, design, drug development, or engineering to creatively and collaboratively address challenges in the sphere of genomes and biodata.


In two days, delegates develop solutions that offer real world impact while honing their creative, communication and entrepreneurial skills. Delegates are supported by representatives from the Sanger Institute, EMBL-EBI and other healthtech Cambridge companies as mentors to help them craft the best pitches and demos. Real world challenges are provided by global companies

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Participating in the Venture Creation Weekend highlighted the importance of teamwork. For a postdoc who works primarily on their own project, it was such a refreshing and enjoyable experience to work intensely in a team.

I was encouraged that I could go on to develop my existing skills (such as communication skills, research skills, networking skills) to go beyond an academic career.

I quickly joined up with a fantastic team with a variety of skills in bioinformatics, statistics, R and Python - all pulling together for one aim.