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 or connect with a Committee member.

  • Hakan Bagci - Institute of Clinical Sciences
  • Marta Ciechonska – Dept of Life Science
  • Brenan Durainayagam - Dept of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction
  • Dorian Haci Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Richard Kelwick - Dept of Infectious Disease
  • Yang Liu – Dept of Materials
  • Kostas Paschos – Dept of Infectious Disease
  • Sarah Rouse - Dept of Life Science
  • Ines Perpetuo – Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre

The IPFEN Advisory Board – information coming soon

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  


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

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IPFEN Online Seminar “Connecting academia and industry through tech and talent”

Tuesday 16th June 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

Please register via this Qualtrics Link.

IPFEN Online Seminar - “Working with Industry to Boost your Research Career”

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. 
Thursday 28th May 2020, 14:00 – 15:30 Microsoft Teams 

Register via this Qualtrics Link

Online Event: Commercialising Research, IP & Careers in Technology Transfer
Thursday 16th April 2020, 11 am – 12 pm on Microsoft Teams

The Imperial Postdocs and Fellows Enterprise Network are 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 MeetingPlease 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 the 14th of 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.

Come along to connect with new colleagues to explore the commercial potential of your ideas, discoveries, technologies, and inventions.

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