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Trinity Bradfield Prize returns to transform students' ideas into viable businesses




The Trinity Bradfield Prize is returning this year, offering students the chance to win £10,000 in funding, plus workspace and mentoring to turn their innovative ideas into a viable business.

The competition, run by Trinity College and the workspace provider Central Working, is open to students across the University of Cambridge.

James Parton, Bradfield Centre Managing Director - The Bradfield Centre, 184, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell. (16255850)
James Parton, Bradfield Centre Managing Director - The Bradfield Centre, 184, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell. (16255850)

Winning students receive:

  • £10,000 in equity-free funding provided by the college;
  • free space and support from Central Working at The Bradfield Centre, the £20m deep tech hub on Cambridge Science Park;
  • access to entrepreneurial events and networking opportunities with other start-ups and partner organisations; and
  • expert mentoring from business leaders across the Trinity alumni network.

Last year, in the inaugural competition, three student entrepreneurs were awarded £25,000 and support from Central Working

First place went to Simon Engelke, who developed a method for battery electrode diffusion that could dramatically improve the performance, charging speed, lifespan and energy efficiency of everything from smartphones and electric cars and power grids.

He was awarded £10,000 in funding and three months of intensive business growth support with The Bradfield Centre, including guidance and mentorship from Arm co-founder Jamie Urquhar.

James Parton, Bradfield Centre Managing Director - The Bradfield Centre, 184, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell. (16255853)
James Parton, Bradfield Centre Managing Director - The Bradfield Centre, 184, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Rd, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell. (16255853)

James Parton, innovation director at Central Working, said: “Some of the most ground-breaking ideas have been born inside university labs, and this prize exists to nurture student innovation and combine it with the very best in business support.

“After the success of last year, we’re again searching for the next generation of tech pioneers, matching them with vital support from Trinity College Cambridge and Central Working to turn promising ideas and concepts into thriving new businesses.”

Rory Landman, senior bursar of Trinity College, said: “Trinity is delighted to build on the success of last year's prize and encourage the next generation of student-entrepreneurs. Creative collaborations like this are a natural extension of Trinity’s long history of creating an environment in which innovation and entrepreneurship can thrive, both on the Cambridge Science Park and more recently in the Bradfield Centre.”

Nominations can be submitted at trinitybradfieldprize.com until 11.59pm on September 22.

The Bradfield Centre is the location for this year's Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards.


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