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Thu 16 Nov 2023
10:30 - 12:30

Venue: Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall

Provided by: Postdoc Academy


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Postdoc Academy Workshop: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills for all Researchers

Thu 16 Nov 2023


Funders of academic research and employers of researchers are increasingly valuing individuals with entrepreneurial spirit and a broader set of skills that can be used to innovate and create impact from research.

Researchers with these skills are at an advantage when applying for permanent academic positions, securing research funding, or pursuing commercialisation opportunities.

This interactive session will introduce you to:

  • what an entrepreneurial mindset is and how all researchers can adopt and develop this to pursue their interests
  • the frameworks and tools that are used in the startup world to create compelling business opportunities
  • how you can adapt these to support innovative research, create impact, and secure grant or fellowship funding
  • how to create your personal "elevator pitch" to introduce yourself and create new opportunities at networking events or to future employers.
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Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 16 Nov 2023   10:30 - 12:30 10:30 - 12:30 Postdoc Centre @ Eddington, Sanders Hall map Dr Katia Smith-Litiere

To improve your understanding that developing an entrepreneurial mindset is not only for people with ambitions to commercialise research – but that funders of research, as well as academic and non-academic employers, are increasingly valuing researchers with these skills.

To familiarise you with the entrepreneurial mindset and tools you can apply as part of your current role and to pursue future career ambitions.

To provide you with new insights and knowledge about being entrepreneurial in various contexts and settings.

To increase your confidence when interacting with different stakeholders.


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About the facilitator

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Katia Smith-Litiere, Entrepreneurship & Industry Engagement Project Manager at the Postdoc Academy.

Katia works with stakeholders from national and international entrepreneurial ecosystems to develop educational programmes for postdocs. These events develop their entrepreneurial mindset and capabilities to pursue academic and non-academic career paths, including starting a venture.


2 hours

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