An enterprise and innovation course for early stage researchers

Applications for this programme will re-open soon.

  • Are you a researcher who wants to create more impact from your research?
  • Or perhaps you have an idea or technology that you want to commercialise?

If the answer is yes, then Researcher to Innovator could be the course for you.

Researcher to Innovator

SETsquared will once again be running this prestigious programme which is designed to help researchers with promising ideas and research projects but who lack the skills and knowledge necessary to convert them into commercial realities.

Researcher to Innovator is aimed at the brightest and best postdoctoral researchers, in any discipline.

It comprises five days of training and starts with a three-day residential course.

Delegate feedback

"Researcher to Innovator was fantastic. It transformed the way I see the whole research ecosystem and the role I can potentially play within it. There are so many roles and possible relationships that I didn't even think about before this programme."
Dr Michelle Harricharan

Research Associate, University of Bath

"I am so focused on my research, it never occurred to me that what I did had value beyond academia. I now feel more confident positioning my findings in a way that show its potential impact – something that could help with funding proposals as well as entrepreneurial ideas."

Kirsten M A Revell

University of Southampton

Read Kirsten's blog about attending Researcher to Innovator

“Researcher to Innovator is a robust programme which has completely changed the way I approach my research. It gives you the support you need to take the first steps in turning your ideas into a reality. Applying the concepts I’ve learnt on the course has improved the impact of my research, leading to a high impact publication and invitation to present at a high profile conference.”

Michail Beliatis

EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey

“I would highly recommend the Researcher to Innovator course.  It encompasses everything someone from a research background, transitioning into a more commercial role or seeking to commercialise his or her research, needs to know. We heard from a fantastic range of speakers, covering many different topics including entrepreneurialism and networking through to building a business.”

Dr James Mithen

Researcher in Computational Physics, University of Surrey

“One of the most important things I learnt from the course was that one can be an entrepreneur not only in commerce or industry, but equally by being in an university setting. And this is what I would like to explore for my career whilst pushing forward my research ideas and proposals.” 

Dr Talib Butt

Centre for Water Research, University of Exeter