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Courses

Our core courses cover key strategic issues:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Venturing
  • Healthcare
  • Future Cities
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Energy Policy
  • Learning Based Intelligent Technologies

For more information, please click on the course titles below.

In addition, for selected partners we also develop customised courses consistent with our brand and mission.

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Entrepreneurship

What makes a great entrepreneur? (And what will make you a better one?)

This course comprises a blend of formal teaching, shared experience and informal discussions. It features:

  • Presentations by academics about relevant research
  • Detailed `how-to’ sessions with leading experts
  • Workshops on real early-business issues
  • Opportunities for informal discussions with successful Cambridge entrepreneurs
  • Visits to leading Cambridge innovation centres

Key sessions include:

  • Introduction and discussion of business ideas
  • Markets
    • Distinguishing between features and benefits
    • Supply chains and where you fit in
    • Defining the value proposition
  • Getting the basics right:
    • Company formation
    • Directors’ responsibilities
    • Why shareholders’ agreements are critical
    • Introduction to Intellectual Property
      • Patents, trademarks, copyright, design rights, trade secrets
      • What should you disclose? and under what circumstances?
  • Building the team:
    • What skills are needed?
    • How do you secure these? – full-time? part-time? contract?
    • What is a good non-exec?
    • HR issues
  • Raising funding:
    • How venture capital really works – a VC’s perspective
    • Corporate sources – what do you have to give and what might you get?
  • Pitching:
    • Developing your pitch
    • Pitching competition

Corporate Venturing

What makes a winning Corporate Venture? (And what will make you a successful one?)

This course comprises a blend of formal teaching, shared experience and informal discussions. It features:

  • Presentations by experts of corporate venturing (CV)
  • How to be a rising star to success to avoid pitfalls
  • Workshops on real corporate venturing issues
  • Opportunities for informal discussions with experts at Cambridge
  • Visits to leading companies in Cambridge

Key sessions include:

  • Future needs and challenges
    • Distinguishing between VC and iCV – features and benefits
    • Maximize the highest return and challenges
    • Key factors that affect winners or losers
    • Manage iCV in a measured and cooperative way to strategical goals
  • Introduction and discussion of new concept on iCV
  • Teambuilding the team:
    • Principles of iCV teambuilding
    • What skills are needed?
    • managerial issues at executive level
    • business structure and mindset of employees
    • How to maximize the benefits to all
  • Getting the basics right:
    • New theories and prospects of iCV
    • Key to success: step by step guidance to make the idea work
    • Managing iCV risks
  • Corporate venturing:
    • How the venture capital really works – from company perspective point of view
    • Corporate sources – what do you have to give and what might you get?
  •  Pitching:
    • Developing your pitch
    • Pitching competition

Healthcare

Healthcare Solutions

This course will comprise of formal lectures and presentations as well as group discussions and educational visits. It features:

  • Lectures from renowned academics and industry experts
  • Visits to hospitals and biomedical research facilities around Cambridge
  • Discussions and focus groups on the latest trends and healthcare technologies
  • Workshops on current issues facing healthcare systems around the world

Key sessions include:

  • Introduction to healthcare systems
  • Public health
    • Epidemiology – controlling infectious diseases
    • Managing degenerative disease
    • Lifestyle diseases – treatment and prevention
  • Big Data in Healthcare
    • Gathering Data
    • Methods of Analysis
    • Potential uses and future developments
  • Personalised Healthcare
    • What can we learn from genome sequencing
    • Emerging technology
    • Regulation and ethical considerations
  • Current and Future Challenges
    • Changing population structures – coping with and ageing population
    • Antibiotic resistance – can we win the war against bacteria?

Future Cities

What will be future cities? (And what will make future cities better?)

This course comprises a blend of formal teaching, shared experience and informal discussions. It features:

  • New concept of future cities
  • Fundamentals of development future cities
  • Smart city design tools of detailed `how-to’ sessions with leading experts
  • Workshops with presentations by professionals in relevant expertise areas
  • Latest development and future trends
  • Reality and theories and issues around smart city design and development
  • Implementation and decision-making for smart cities
  • Visits to model cities

Key sessions include:

  • Introduction and discussion of future city ideas
  • Challenge and future needs
    • Current city issues
    • Challenges of smart and sustainable engineering for cities
    • Distinguishing between city characteristics, functionality and benefits
  • Getting the basics right:
    • Principles of smart cities
    • Smart solutions to sustainability
    • Solutions to zero impact
    • Company formation
  • Plan of smart and sustainable engineering for cities
    • Primary areas: transport logistics, building control, industrial processes, etc.
    • Smart solutions: towards zero impact for clean cities
    • Performance: metrics and monitoring systems

Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural sciences — Feeding the world of tomorrow

This course will comprise of a mixture of formal lectures and discussion groups. This includes:

  • Lectures from academics in the relevant field
  • Visits to various examples of key agricultural systems
  • Workshops with leading industry experts

Key sessions include:

  • Agricultural Biology
    • Key biological processes in plants and animals
    • Nutritional science
    • Management of pests and diseases
  • Global food security
    • The impact of population growth
    • Meeting demand – increasing production and efficiency
    • Examples and case studies
  • Minimising Environmental impact
    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Agricultural ecology
  • Biotechnology
    • Genetic engineering in agriculture
    • Risks and Ethics

Energy Policy

What will be the future innovations and policies on energy solutions?

This course comprises a blend of formal teaching, shared experience and informal discussions. It features:

  • New concept of future energy solutions
  • Energy policy, policy-making and policy analysis
  • Policy for Innovation of Science and technology
  • Policy for manufacturers, markets
  • Workshops with presentations by professionals in relevant expertise areas
  • Implementation energy policy

Key sessions include:

  • Introduction and discussion of future innovation and energy policy
  • Challenge and future needs
    • The needs of new energy policy
    • Innovation — science and technology and environmental considerations
    • Market and economic consideration
    • Substantial, complex, multidimensional and interlinked economic and political challenges
  • Getting the basics right:
    • Ecology and energy policies
    • Fundamentals of new concepts, theories, issues, challenges within energy policy.
    • Sustainability and energy solutions
    • Solutions to toward zero impact to the society
    • Analysis and evaluation of contemporary energy policy
    • Big data and AI (Artificial Intelligence)
  • Implementation of energy policies: factors to be considered
    • Energy sources and energy markets
    • Energy efficiency: buildings, Transport and manufacturing
    • Control and monitoring

For further details, including timing and costs, please contact us.