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From academic to successful software entrepreneur – a guide for researchers

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Guidance and support on how to to form your own startup company.

Thinking of starting your own company, or looking to join an agile, growing startup? Cambridge Enterprise shall be hosting this lunchtime talk to help researchers and students at the University of Cambridge, understand what support is available to them, providing real world, practical advice on how to get started as an entrepreneur. This session will focus mainly on software-based start-ups, but much of the advice will be applicable across a range of sectors.

What’s included:

Advice from an academic founder: Hear from Dr Steve Brierley, former Senior Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics at Cambridge, and now Founder and CEO of the quantum simulation start-up Riverlane. Steve will be talking about his journey with Riverlane so far, including making the jump from being a University academic to successful entrepreneur.

Guidance from Cambridge Enterprise staff: James Thomas, Senior Investment Associate at Cambridge Enterprise, will speak about what support is available for those wishing to form their own start-ups, including: investment, mentoring and training programmes.

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About Cambridge Enterprise

Cambridge Enterprise was formed by the University of Cambridge to help staff and students commercialise their expertise and ideas for the benefit of the global community. What we do is central to the mission of the University, which for more than 800 years has contributed to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest levels of international excellence.

Formed in 2006, Cambridge Enterprise is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge. Our mission is to help the University of Cambridge’s innovators, experts and entrepreneurs make their ideas more commercially successful for the benefit of society, the economy, the individual and the University.​ We have three main ways of doing this: Consultancy Our Consultancy Services team supports University of Cambridge staff, researchers and students when they are approached for help from external organisations. The team handles the majority of communication with the external organisation in order to minimise distraction from the process of knowledge transfer. Technology Transfer The Technology Transfer team works with researchers on ideas from their University research that have commercial potential. The team’s goal is to create opportunities that are attractive to external organisations that have the resources to develop and commercialise them. Seed Funds Through direct investment and networking facilitation, our Seed Funds team is able to support academics and students as they build teams and raise the finances needed to develop their ideas.

About Riverlane

“Our Mission is to transform the discovery of new materials and drugs using our world-leading quantum simulation engine. We are building a simulation engine for microscopic systems, one that accurately accounts for quantum effects. We will bring the discovery of materials and drugs into a new computational era, one where the physical laboratory is used only sparingly to validate results, fundamentally accelerating the pace of discovery. We benchmark existing quantum software and hardware to pinpoint the state-of-the-art and forecast future developments. We develop application focused software for quantum computers. We help our customers apply quantum computing disruptively within their organisation and industry by shipping quantum software”.

This talk is part of the CMS Seminars from business and industry series.

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