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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Connect with us on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/ipfen

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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
  • Stephanie Morris, Director Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation, FoM
  • Hiten Thakrar, Programme Manager MedTech SuperConnector 
  • Graham Hewson, Head of Incubation
  • Ben Mumby-Croft, Director Entrepreneurship
  • Poh-Choo Pang, Consultant Engagement Manager, ICON
  • Neil Simrick, Startup Formations Executive

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)  - New consultants webpages
  2. Industry partnerships and commercialisation
  3. Guide to working with industry and commercialisation
  4. Techcelerate
  5. WE Innovate (Women Entrepreneurs programme)
  6. Advanced Hackspace
  7. Forming a startup
  8. Pitching events
  9. Funding Opportunities  

Events

Here’s what our attendees have said about past events and what they found most useful:

Event testimonials as highlighted below

  • “Learning about the process that occurs from idea to commercialisation and how industry can help.”
  • “It is a great introduction on how to start to collaborate with industry, provides useful contacts.”
  • “The openness and honesty of the speakers.”
  • “Hear the experience of other postdocs and the tools I can use to make the transition.”
  • “The current picture of recruiting worldwide and the importance of networking.”
  • “To have an overview of a different career path rather than staying in academia.”
  • “Learning about the personal experience of someone who has created start ups in the past.”

IPFEN event: Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST)
Thursday 15 April, 15.00-16.00 – MS Teams

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network are pleased to welcome Professor Deeph Chana, Co-Director of ISST and Zarine Khurshid, Special Projects Manager.

The Institute’s mission is to understand and solve complex interrelated global challenges, from scarcity of water, nutrition and natural resources to economic hardship, political instability, health crises and exposure to hostile threats, through the development and application of world-leading science and technology.

The talk will focus on the Institute’s various activities, highlighting their vast network, creation of an Innovation Ecosystem at the White City campus and the benefits associated with partnering with them.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

You can register for this event via this Qualtrics Link: ISST.

IPFEN Funding series: MedTech SuperConnector and Techcelerate
Wednesday 28 April, 14.00-15.00 – MS Teams

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network are pleased to welcome Hiten Thrakar, the MedTech SuperConnector (MTSC) Programme Manager, for an online event about Imperial’s Accelerator programmes for staff (MTSC and Techcelerate).

Hiten will be joined by Dr Nicholas Moser, from the fourth MTSC cohort to come and talk about his journey through the programme and how it supported him and his venture ProtonDx.

Their talks will be followed by a Q&A.

Please register via this Qualtrics link: IPFEN Funding series.

 

Database of expertise – Consultancy opportunities

IPFEN and Imperial Launch have recently launched a call for consultants for a Hackathon style event and we had great feedback from postdocs. However, we would like to maintain the momentum and continue the relationship between MBA students and postdocs. 

If you are interested in acting as a consultant (volunteer at this point) or if you’d like to be added to our database of expertise for future events like the recent Hackathon, we invite you to submit your data via this Qualtrics form: Expression of Interest for Consultancy Opportunities. 

This database will be reviewed yearly in March and you will be the first to be contacted in case we receive a new call for projects.

IPFEN past events

IPFEN Consultancy Series - “Engineering Consulting” - Friday 26 March 2021, 14.00-15.00

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network are pleased to welcome Dr Anmol Bedi (Bedi Consulting Ltd) for an online event on the civil engineering consultancy sector.

Anmol will talk about his experience as a tunnel & geotechnical engineer and founder of a successful civil engineering consultancy firm. They will talk about their path at Imperial and the motivations for setting up their own consultancy company. Come to learn more about exciting opportunities and to hear the challenges and strategies for setting up your consultancy business.

IPFEN panel event: Becoming a postdoc founder - Wednesday 17 March, 10.30-12.00

Have you ever wondered what it takes to start your own company as a postdoc? And what are the main things you need to be aware of in the initial stages?

The purpose of this event is to give potential postdoc founders an opportunity to learn from colleagues that already went through that journey.

This event will provide you with the opportunities to:

• Learn from the experiences of postdoc founders from different backgrounds and areas of expertise
• Discuss strategies to address the most common challenges faced in the founder journey
• Interact in an informal and relaxed setting

Our panellists are:
• Alalea Kia – Civil & Environmental Engineering - Founding Director of Permia Ltd
• Vladimir Yufit – Electrochemical Engineering - Co-founder & CTO of Addionics and Techcelerate Alumni
• Nuria Oliva-Jorge – Bioengineering - TrAPs technology product and MedTech SuperConnector Alumni

IPFEN funding series: “From idea to founder – how Imperial can support your start-up idea” - Tuesday 2 March 2021, 14.00-15.00

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network are pleased to welcome Govind Pindoria, Executive Director at Imperial innovation, for an online event about Imperial’s start-ups' ecosystem.

Govind is responsible for start-ups formation support and will talk about the different avenues you can take as a potential founder and how Imperial can support your ideas. Furthermore, he will discuss both internal and external funding opportunities.

2021 Product Development Hackathon – February 2021

The Imperial Postdoc and Fellows Enterprise Network are committed to supporting postdocs and fellows who are interested in knowing more about entrepreneurship and enterprise opportunities and activities.  

We are pleased to have joined forces with Imperial MBA students at Imperial Launch to bring you the 2021 Product development hackathon!

MBA students have submitted business ideas but need technical support and to develop an understanding of the challenges their business might face.  

The goal of this event is to match interested Innovators and Leading Researchers with business ideas. 

This is a great opportunity for you to develop your networking and consulting skills. You will work with potential business leaders in order to overcome technical challenges and produce a business plan. 

The teams will work in their own time, but you are expected to commit at least four hours per week working on this.

IPFEN Panel Event - Business Careers in Life Sciences - Monday 1 February 2021

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:

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.