The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network (IPFEN) is a network for postdocs, fellows and clinicians who are interested in knowing more about entrepreneurship and enterprise opportunities and activities – whether it is to support your research activity or to explore a new career path.

The Network aims to support early career researchers whether you are a researcher ready to explore the commercial potential of your ideas, discoveries, technologies, and inventions or whether you are just starting out and want to learn more about what falls under the enterprise umbrella and develop entrepreneurial skills.
The Network is run by a Committee of early career researchers with support from PFDC and Enterprise. The Committee is additionally supported by an Advisory Board.

The initial aims of the Network are:

Support and interest
Support early career researchers at all stages of the enterprise Journey from those who know nothing about enterprise and entrepreneurship to those ready to launch their startup. Ensure the range of topics is accessible to early career researchers regardless of their background knowledge.

Increased awareness and connections
Better signpost early career researchers to current events, support, and opportunities available to them – specifically from Imperial Enterprise.

Increased knowledge, engagement, and networking
Generate additional support / a programme based on the needs of early career researchers – via providing networking events, training, guest speakers and better connections between postdocs themselves and with external parties. 

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The IPFEN Committee

The IPFEN Committee has been established to run and grow Imperial’s Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network. With representation from across the College, the Committee is made up of postdocs and fellows who are interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship both looking at how to expand their research horizons and exploring new career paths.

If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact ipfen@imperial.ac.uk or connect with a Committee member.

The IPFEN Advisory Board 

  • Rebeca Santamaria-Fernandez, Director Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation, FoE
  • Marcio Siqueira, Director Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation, FoNS
  • Stephanie Morris, Director Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation, FoM
  • Hiten Thakrar, MedTech SuperConnector Programme Manager
  • Callum Lawrence, Innovation and Acceleration Manager
  • Graham Hewson, Head of Incubation
  • Ben Mumby-Croft, Director Entrepreneurship
  • Poh-Choo Pang, Consultant Engagement Manager, ICON
  • Andrew Tingey, Director Commercialisation Office
  • Govind Pindoria, Associate Director of Startup Formation

Enterprise Support at Imperial

“We bring businesses, researchers and students together in a flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem, which you can be part of’’

‘’Since Imperial was founded in 1907, we have had a mission to offer the most advanced education and research, collaborate with other organisations, and apply our work to industry. Today, we have a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem: a home for businesses, researchers and the next generation of innovators’’

Enterprise at Imperial 

The Enterprise team at Imperial:

  • Helps businesses access the College's resources, talent and expertise to address business and societal challenges
  • Supports and encourages student entrepreneurship
  • Helps academics find new ways to turn their expertise and research into benefits for society

See the dedicated webpages for Imperial staff and meet the Imperial Enterprise Team.

Below we have highlighted some of the key pages which postdocs and fellows may find useful:

1. Imperial Consultants (ICON) 
2. Industry partnerships and commercialisation-
3. Techcelerate
4. Advanced Hackspace
5. Imperial Venture Mentoring Service
6. Funding Opportunities  

Events

You can find details here of upcoming events being hosted by the Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network.

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IPFEN Pop Up session

Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST)
Wednesday - 27th January 2020 - 11:00 – 12:00 – MS Teams

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network is pleased to welcome Zarine Khurshid, Special Projects Manager for the Institute for Security Science and Technology  (ISST), for an online event about how ISST is supporting innovation in security and defence science at the White City Campus.
Zarine will give an overview of the projects and partners of ISST, the benefits of becoming involved with their networks and funds you can access.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Please register via this Qualtrics form: ISST

IPFEN Panel Event 

Business Careers in Life Sciences
Monday – 1st February 2021 - 14:00 – 16:00 – MS Teams

The IPFEN and Start Codon are pleased to welcome Imperial College Postdocs and Fellows to a panel discussion on business careers in life sciences and healthcare.
Whether you plan to stay in academia or not, join us to discover what options lay in front of you in the business area of life sciences, where you can capitalise on your valuable skills, expertise and technical knowledge.
With diverse backgrounds and roles in healthcare, our panellists will briefly talk about their career journeys, which will be followed by a panel session with your participation.

Our panellists are:

Please register via this Qualtrics form: IPFEN Panel Event

IPFEN past events

IPFEN Pop Up session - "The Grantham Institute and opportunities for Innovation in Climate Change and the Environment" – Tuesday 10 November 2020

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network is pleased to welcome Naveed Chaudry, Accelerator Lead at the Grantham Institute, for an online event about how the Grantham institute is supporting innovation in the areas of Climate Change and the Environment.
Naveed will talk about the Grantham’s mission and some of the support the institute provides to innovators and entrepreneurs through their Accelerator and Cleantech Entrepreneurship Programmes.

IPFEN Consultancy Series “Intrapreneurship and new collaborations within management consulting” - Tuesday 15 September 2020

IPFEN Consultancy Series “Intrapreneurship and new collaborations within management consulting” - Tuesday 15 September 2020

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network is pleased to welcome Fady Khayatt from Oliver Wyman for an online event on intrapreneurship and new modes of collaborations in the management consulting industry.

Fady, a partner at Oliver Wyman, will talk about how recent internal innovation and research developed into business propositions as well as how the OW Forum is opening new types of partnerships and collaborations.

IPFEN Consultancy Series: “Connecting with businesses as an expert” - Tuesday 14 July 2020

IPFEN Consultancy Series: “Connecting with businesses as an expert” - Tuesday 14 July 2020

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network is pleased to welcome Graham Mills, co-founder of techspert.io for an online event on consulting as an academic and the wider field of knowledge exchange in the life sciences.

Graham will talk about his journey from external consulting as a PhD student to forming a company. Techspert.io connects businesses with healthcare and life sciences experts using AI.

IPFEN Online Seminar “Connecting academia and industry through tech and talent” - Tuesday 16 June 2020

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network is pleased to welcome Smart Tribe for an online event about knowledge transfer and transitioning from academia to industry.

Beatrice Zatorska and Kris Jack, the founders of Smart Tribe, will talk about their company’s path through Antler, a global venture capital and start-up generator & accelerator, and will introduce the Smart Tribe platform and community. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

IPFEN Online Seminar “Working with Industry to Boost your Research Career” - Thursday 28 May 2020

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network and the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation Team invite you for an online seminar on industry/academia collaborations.

Join us to hear first-hand from Faculty of Medicine academics, Dr Tom McKinnon and Dr Claire Fletcher, who have led successful industry collaborations, and Dr Jon Wingfield – Principle Scientist from AstraZeneca – one of the Imperial’s key industrial partners. A panel session will follow. 

Online Event: Commercialising Research, IP & Careers in Technology Transfer - Thursday 16 April 2020

The Imperial Postdocs and Fellows Enterprise Network is pleased to welcome Neringa Barmute from Imperial Enterprise. She will give an online presentation about the research commercialisation process at Imperial and her career experiences in technology transfer. Q&A will follow.
Microsoft Teams Video Conferencing Meeting Link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Please follow us on Twitter, @ImperialPFEN and on our website for updates about this and future events.

Postdocs and Fellows Entrepreneurship Lunch

Imperial Postdocs and Fellows Enterprise Network aims to raise awareness on opportunities in business and science-based entrepreneurship.
We have joined forces with MBA Connect to host a lunch-time meet up event on Friday 14 February – 13:00-15:00.

The purpose of the event is to connect postdocs and fellows who are interested to explore commercialising research with MBA students who come from a variety of industry and professional backgrounds.