The fixed-term nature of postdoc contracts means that postdocs are always looking for the next opportunity, much like those starting up or seeking to grow a new venture. The level of risk, uncertainty and potential reward in research is comparable to that of starting and growing a business.
To date we have worked with a number of former postdocs turned entrepreneurs, as well as small and innovative businesses. We’ve also been working with The Innovation Centre at Sci-Tech Daresbury and the Alderley Park Accelerator, who offer scale-up support to growing businesses and understand what small companies need to succeed.
If you are interested in the attributes and mindsets needed to succeed in research commercialisation, setting up your own business unrelated to your research specialism or in gaining an insight into the cultures, challenges and rewards of working within a small, high growth company, this cluster will help you find out more.
The content on this page features entrepreneurs who have created their own start-ups. They offer insight into different opportunities and some of the challenges involved in launching a new business.