There are three main components to the Innovation Programme:

  • Workshops
  • Mentoring
  • Deliverables (Executive Summary and pitch)


The bulk of the Innovation Programme is a series of five workshops. During each workshop, participants learn about hear from a key concept in medical technology development from one of our guest speakers. Workshops run on weekday evenings during term time at the Judge Business School. Refreshments are provided.

Workshop 1 – Unveiling Clinical Problems – 22/10/19

During our first workshop, participants are first introduced to the unmet clinical needs they will be attempting to solve. Each need is presented by a clinician. These are real clinical problems, solutions to which could improve the care of NHS patients. Participants will have opportunities to discuss their thoughts and ideas with the clinicians and each other. Following this workshop, participants indicate which problem they would like to work on and are assigned to teams over the following week.

Workshops 2 – 5 – Developing Projects

During the remaining workshops participants will learn key principles from a variety of stages in the medtech value chain.

Workshop 2: Concept Generation – Cambridge Clinical Engineering Innovation

Workshop 3: Effective Teamworking – Judge Business School

Workshop 4: Using the Business Model Canvas – Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Centre

Workshop 5: Giving a Successful Pitch – Cambridge Accelerate


During the programme, participants are assigned a student mentor, who will hold end of term progress meetings with each team, as well as helping with practise pitches.

Participants are also invited to drop-in sessions with the Clinical Engineering staff and Entrepreneurship Centre coaches, to discuss any issues they are having with their projects.


There are two main tasks participants complete during the programme.

First is an Executive Summary. This is a short (approx. 1,000 words) report detailing each team’s assessment of the problem they worked, a summary of their solution and any further work.

Second is a pitch presentation. Teams present their ideas to a panel of judges drawn from industry, academia and clinical practice. An overall winning team is selected and all teams will have opportunity to receive feedback on their work. Final pitches are made after the Christmas Vacation at the start of Lent.