Summer School 2023

Learn the foundational skills of entrepreneurial and innovation methodology from industry specialist in this unique 3-day course for for engineering doctoral researchers.

Millennium Galleries, Sheffield City Centre
12-14 July 2023

Our EPSRC funding includes delivery of a series of Summer Schools, offering intensive training to doctoral researchers in topics pertinent to the grand challenges in engineering manufacturing. Our 2022 Summer School introduced Industry 4.0, and this year's theme is Entrepreneurship and Innovation; a topic often overlooked during doctoral research, but is a key employability enabler and skill-set.

Facilitated by external experts and University specialists, this unique 3-day course is aimed at postgraduate researchers, in any year of their doctorate project, looking to learn about entrepreneurial and innovation methodology. You'll gain insight and confidence to act on commercialisation opportunities, learn to integrate entrepreneurial thinking into your practice, and expand your research success.

This exciting course is heavily subsidised by our funding, meaning that whilst it is valued at £500 per person for the three days, we're able to offer it to non-AMSCDT members for just £195 per person, including midday and evening meals



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0900 - Arrivals with coffee and pastries

0930 - Introduction and agenda

0945 - Why Commercialise? How commercialisation achieves impact and could open your career

1015 - Choosing, Understanding and Owning a Space Define the users, processes and parameters for a solution

1100 - Refreshments

1130 - What's Your Offer Investigate a popular sector and the user experience

1230 - Lunch

1330 - Raising Funds how do others approach markets, competitors, budgets, and branding

1415 - Be the Investor Use to decide where you would invest

1545 - Reflections and refreshments

1800 - Evening Meal at The Botanist

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0900 - Arrivals with coffee and pastries

0930 - Design Thinking Streamline your business model to understand your users’ behaviours and increase efficiency and success

1100 - Refreshments

1130 - User Centred Design – Gripple Innovation Framework How Gripple achieve long-term global innovation and market success

1230 - Lunch

1330 - User Centred Design – Gripple Innovation Framework Session continues

1415 - Customer Journey What does the full user experience look like with your brand

1545 - Reflections and refreshments

1930 - Evening Meal at Ego

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0900 - Arrivals with coffee and pastries

0930 - The Commercialisation Journey Explore the commercialisation journey and use the rest of the day to frame your research within this path

1015 - What Problem is Your Research Solving Work with tools to unveil the root problems your technologies tackle

1100 - Refreshments

1130 - Who Will Benefit From Your Research Identify potential target customers and users, and relate them to market applications 

1230 - Lunch

1330 - The Minimum Viable Product Integrate customer needs and technology development to create an MVP that the market wants.

1415 - Been There, Done That Learn from spinout founders in a round table and networking session

1545 - Reflections and refreshments

1800 - Evening Meal at Turtle Bay