The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition - Grand Finale 2021

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

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*Supported by the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge (EPoC), with special thanks to our competition sponsor, Taylor Vinters.

The format to the Grand Finale of The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition is similar to that observed on The Dragon’s Den; attendees will see six finalists pitching their business ideas (virtually) to a panel of expert judges.

The online, digital audience, shall comprise some 200+ attendees, made up of 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 (via Microsoft Teams).

Order of evening:

  • 18:00-19.30 - Grand Finale event

Guest speakers include:

Host speakers (and competition judges) include:

  • Dr Anne Dobree, Head of Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds.
  • Maximilian Ge, President of The Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge.
  • A member of Cambridge Innovation Capital.
  • A member of the Cambridge Enterprise Investment Committee.

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Part of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Enterprise supports academics, researchers, staff and students in achieving knowledge transfer and research impact. We do this by helping innovators, experts and entrepreneurs use commercial avenues to develop their ideas and expertise for the benefit of society, the economy, themselves and the University.


Liaising with organisations both locally and globally, we offer expert advice and support in commercialisation and social enterprise, including help with academic consultancy services, the protection, development and licensing of ideas, new company and social enterprise creation, and seed funding.

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