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p2i In Action events

Postdocs from across Europe attend p2i: In Action events to explore and learn about innovation and entrepreneurship.

Participants learn to acquire an entrepreneurial mindset and a set of business skills that will complement their research skills. Through developing the skill of validating business ideas, researchers can enhance their decision-making abilities, strategic thinking, resource management, risk assessment, and adaptability, all of which can be applied in careers in and outside academia, including starting a business


p2i: In Action events are a mixture of inspirational talks, practical activities and networking. Experts and entrepreneurial researchers share inspiring stories and first-hand experience of what it means to be enterprising and of bringing exciting ideas to life in academia, industry or through starting ventures. 

There are two formats of the p2i In Action events:


p2i In Action online: 1/2 day workshop: Learn how to define and communicate the why, how and what of your research or business idea, using frameworks and tools from the entrepreneurial world. 

p2i In Action in person: 2.5 day event


This event provides a valuable opportunity for researchers with an idea or early stage start up as well as for researchers who are curious and open to exploring innovation and entrepreneurship.


Researchers work in teams and learn the process to develop ideas into a venture through practical tools and interactive sessions and learn how to communicate the opportunity in a compelling way. 

p2i: In Action events provide opportunities to network with and get advice from CEOs, innovation experts and industry leaders from across Europe, as well as other postdocs working both in industry and academia.

p2i: In Action events are a great way explore how being entrepreneurial fits with a researcher's future career, whether that is in academia, industry, or as a founder of a venture. Researchers identify what motivates them, gain increased confidence and know how on how to turn turn ideas into reality irrespective of career choice. 


This programme is exclusively open to Early career researchers (postdocs) and early career employees from or funded by p2i partner organisations. Places are sponsored by the p2i Network and available through application only (*).


(*) University of Cambridge (and partner Institutes), Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Innsbruck, PSL Université Paris,  Edinburgh University (The University of Edinburgh’s Data Driven Entrepreneurship ( DDE)) Programme, University Duisburg - Essen, AstraZeneca, bp


Find out more about previous p2i: In Action events - click on the buttons below


This was a fantastic event. It is rare that you learn so much new information in such a short space of time! I have already been recommending the p2i programme to other postdocs!

Fantastic for meeting like-minded postdocs and talking with industry experts and individuals from start ups. The advice given was not obvious and may prove invaluable for my future plans.

I took something from each presentation or activity but the one on the Minimum Viable Prototype (MVP) particularly resonated with me. It became increasingly clear to me after the presentation that we need to get our device out on the market as soon as possible. 

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