2019 Trinity Bradfield Prize opens for applications

The 2019 Trinity Bradfield Prize is open for applications from any Cambridge student keen to pursue early-stage ideas and commercialise their research.

The state-of-the-art Bradfield Centre: designed to accelerate tech businesses to new levels

You could win £10K, three months’ free desk space in The Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park, training sessions, mentoring from whose with extensive experience of building thriving businesses and networking opportunities with industry insiders.

Undergraduates, postgraduates and early career researchers at Cambridge are encouraged to apply. At least one member of each team needs to be a member of the University of Cambridge.

James Parton, Managing Director of The Bradfield Centre, said the prize was ‘a sustained and meaningful experience for the winners.’

We created a format that gives a meaningful amount of cash to help take an idea to a business stage and also to provide three months of support here in The Bradfield Centre providing access to our mentors and partners.

Simon Engelke has gone on to win the NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellowship

84 teams applied for the inaugural Trinity Bradfield Prize in 2018; then Cambridge PhD student Simon Engelke was one of three winners. He said the experience at The Bradfield Centre had been invaluable.

‘The training we have received has been fantastic – it helped me even more than the money – and help me grow as an entrepreneur,’ he said.

Since wining the Trinity Bradfield Prize, Simon has been awarded the £40K NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellowship, enabling him to continue developing a prototype for battery electrodes with improved diffusion – which improves the performance, charging speed, lifespan and energy efficiency of everything from smart phones to electric cars and power grids.

The collaborative entrepreneurial community of tech scale-ups is now in its second year

The NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellowship is awarded to exceptional students to fuel the translation of cutting-edge nanoscience research towards commercially viable technologies.

2019 marks the second anniversary of The Bradfield Centre, which is a collaboration between Trinity College, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and Central Working.

Since it opened, the Centre has supported 140 tech businesses, including seven spinouts from the University of Cambridge and one from the University of East Anglia. James Parton said the Centre was going from strength to strength.

The Bradfield has also provided the wider community with a state-of-the-art hub for learning and idea-sharing. We have hosted more than 600 events in just 24 months, attracting over 27,000 people to the building. These events have all consistently revolved around our core theme – offering game-changing growth opportunities and advice to an entrepreneurial audience.

The initial application for the Trinity Bradfield Prize takes just 25 minutes and the deadline is 23:59 on 22 September.

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