Join the PFDC and Imperial Enterprise Lab for a series of interactive workshops and talks that will broaden your skillset and give you exposure to the industry. The series will introduce early career researchers (postdocs and PhDs) to the building blocks of developing an idea or technology for commercial environments, covering ideation, testing an idea, business strategy, building a team, and more*. During this series, you will also develop transferable skills to manage your entrepreneurial journey and succeed.
• Think Like an Entrepreneur – Wed 10th Nov 2.00-4.00pm (Online)
• Are We There Yet? An Introduction to Commercial Readiness – Fri 19th Nov 2.00pm-4.00pm (Online) – register here
• Product Market Fit & Testing Your Idea – Thurs 2nd Dec 1.00pm-2.30pm (Online) – register here
• Entrepreneurial Finance – Wed 15th Dec 2.00pm-3.30pm (Online) – register here
• Building the Team – Thurs 13th Jan 2.00pm-4.00pm (Online) – register here
• Business Strategy for Beginners – Thurs 27th Jan 2.00pm-3.30pm (Face-to-face with online streaming) – register here
*Please note IP knowledge, strategy and development will not be covered by the series as this is covered in the course How Intellectual Property Rights Can Impact Your Research. You can also watch the Imperial IP strategy video here and a talk about IP and IP law here.
Postdocs or PhDs who attend the series as a whole course and will be given a certificate at the end, however you are invited to attend only the sessions you feel more appropriate for you. If you are considering participating in Techcelerate or MedTech SuperConnector we strongly encourage you to register for a few of the sessions.
You do not need to have a business idea or technology to commercialise to attend these sessions. They are purely based on developing skills and knowledge.
Product Market Fit & Testing Your Idea
Part of building a business is to know your customers, where they are and what they spend money on so your business has the best chance of making an impact, making a profit and ultimately surviving. How do you know which is the right market at the right time? Where can you find out about businesses and industries that are closed-off and how do you know your idea is valuable?
Dr Imran Haq will share insights gained over both his academic and industry careers supporting medical technology development. Imran holds a Medical Research Council PhD in Complex Disease Genetics and developed his early academic career at the University of Cambridge and University College London, before transitioning to industry in 2015. He was a business development manager at the Medicines Discovery Catapult and is currently the Managing Director of The Sample Network.
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