Launch of the 2022 Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition

Do you have an idea worth a £20k investment?

Now in its eighth year, The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition has become a key annual programme in the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and has spawned a number of spin-out companies. Run by Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge, the competition features a programme of activities designed to help accelerate the creation of businesses from University research. Whether it’s a ground-breaking invention or a social enterprise, whatever the academic expertise, we want to hear from you!

This year’s competition is sponsored by Cambridge Innovation Capital, Taylor Vinters and ideaSpace, and opens for entry on Thursday 28 April.

Event schedule (including training). To support competition entrants during the process, we shall be hosting the following in-person events: 

2022 Competition timeline

For more information please visit the Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition website


10 November 2022 | Grand finale event 

Watch six postdoc finalists pitch to a panel of expert judges for a chance to win up to £20,000 investment in their business idea

Partnered by the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPoC)

The audience will comprise academics, researchers, postgraduate students, University staff, business experts/mentors, the Cambridge Enterprise Investment Committee, members of the Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partner network and others closely aligned to the entrepreneurial ecosystem within Cambridge. Winners will be announced, and prizes awarded on stage.

Order of evening:
18:00 to 18.30 - Drinks Reception
18:30 to 20:00 - Grand Finale Pitches
20:00 onward - Networking & Canapes

Guest speakers include:
Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations
Dr Gita Khalili Moghaddam, Founder of GlycoVue and 2020 competition winner
Dr Nicholas Jose, Founder of Accelerated Materials and 2021 competition winner

Host speakers (and competition judges) include:
Dr Anne Dobree, Head of Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds
Maximilian Ge, President of The Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge
Cambridge Innovation Capital
Cambridge Enterprise Investment Committee

Get your ticket for the grand finale