Trinity Bradfield Prize for Cambridge student-entrepreneurs

The Trinity Bradfield Prize will provide students and young researchers at the University of Cambridge with funding, space, and mentoring to pursue early-stage ideas and transfer their research from the lab or lecture hall to real-world applications.

Trinity College and Central Working, which operates the Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park, devised the biannual competition to enable entrepreneurial students to develop their innovations in a conducive setting.

The prize winners will be based at the Bradfield Centre, the deep tech workspace launched a year ago by Trinity, in collaboration with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Central Working, the collaborative workspace provider.

The Bradfield Centre. Photo: Paul Grover

With the first Trinity Bradfield Prize recipient due to be announced in October 2018, the hunt is on for teams with a novel tech idea, a clear plan to develop the innovation, and commitment by the applicants. PhD and post-doctoral researchers are invited to apply for the October prize, and undergraduates and PhD students for the April 2019 prize. Each winning team will receive:

  • £10K
  • Three months free space at the Bradfield Centre – home to 60 tech businesses and a thriving entrepreneurial hub for Cambridge
  • Access to networking opportunities and entrepreneurial events at the Bradfield Centre
  • Mentoring from scientists-entrepreneurs, leading academics and Trinity alumni
  • Opportunity for follow-on space at the Bradfield Centre.
The Master of Trinity, Sir Gregory Winter

The Master of Trinity, Sir Gregory Winter, is best known for developing new classes of antibody-based drugs to treat cancer and auto-immune diseases, which have revolutionised the pharmaceutical industry.

He said: ‘My own journey from academic research to development of new pharmaceutical drugs was greatly accelerated by exposure to an entrepreneurial culture. I therefore welcome the opportunity offered by the prize for an entrepreneurial-minded student at Cambridge to develop their ideas in the fertile context of the Bradfield Centre, rubbing shoulders with other tech entrepreneurs and mentors from Trinity alumni network.’

Managing Director of the Bradfield Centre, James Parton, said a key rationale for the Bradfield Centre was to nurture entrepreneurial students at the University of Cambridge.

We are therefore delighted to support the Trinity Bradfield Prize to uncover and support the next generation of home-grown talent. We can’t wait to welcome the successful teams to the Bradfield Centre and provide them with the space and connections to help them turn their ideas into reality.

Primera Impact, co-founded by current Trinity MB/PhD student, Ravi Solanki, will manage the Trinity Bradfield Prize. He said:

‘Cambridge is increasingly emerging as an epicentre for student-led entrepreneurship across all disciplines. However, the vast majority of students and young researchers still face many challenges in helping their ideas become a reality. The Trinity Bradfield Prize is a landmark step to support these Cambridge innovators. Ultimately, it will lay the foundations of a new ecosystem for the young entrepreneur in Cambridge.’

Mike Coto and Ravi Solanki, founders of Primera Impact

How to apply:

  • Complete the Trinity Bradfield Prize application form
  • Teams must be a minimum of two people, one of whom must be at the University of Cambridge
  • The deadline for applications for the October 2018 prize is 23:59, 23 September 2018.

The judging panel will comprise Sir Gregory Winter, Robert Swann, tech entrepreneur and founder of Alphamosaic, and Graham Simister, who has extensive international experience in financial services.

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