Innovation Programme

Inspiring the next generation of innovators to transform healthcare through collaborative problem-solving and cutting-edge medical device development.”

The IP is a 4-month educational programme providing both an introduction to the landscape of medical device development and to inter-disciplinary teamwork. Small teams of students and early career researchers & clinicians work to solve a real-life problem identified by our clinical partners, supported by interactive workshops and small-group mentoring covering approaches to clinical problems, concept generation, effective teamwork, business model development, and pitching.

Applications for the Innovation Programme 2022-23 are now closed. You can register interest for the Innovation Programme 2023-24 using the button below and we’ll get in touch when applications open in Autumn 2023.

About the programme

The three main components of the Innovation Programme are:

  • Project work
  • Workshops
  • Mentoring

Project work

Participants will be placed into an interdisciplinary team consisting of members with a range of backgrounds. Each team will choose one real-world clinical problem (proposed by our clinicians!) to address. The project’s goal is to develop a concept for a medical device and subsequently pitch the project at a final pitch event.

Teams will have two main deliverables – an executive summary and a pitch presentation. At the end of the programme, teams will present their ideas to a panel of experts from industry, academia, and clinical practice.


The programme includes six interactive workshops, delivered by our partners, designed to guide participants through various stages of medical device development.

The first workshop introduces real-world clinical problems presented by clinicians from local hospitals, followed by a Q&A and networking session. In the second workshop, experts from the Judge Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre discuss the steps for creating value, formulating a value proposition, evaluating markets, and effective teamwork. The third workshop, led by Clinical Engineering Innovation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, covers medical device development, including concept generation, regulations, and the design process.

The fourth workshop, conducted by the Judge Business School’s Entrepreneurship Centre, introduces the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management tool for visualising, discussing, and re-inventing business cases. In the fifth workshop, Team Consulting explains the steps following concept creation, focusing on product development and successful case studies of bringing medical devices to market. The final workshop features insights into perfect pitching, emphasising the multifaceted nature of successful pitching, including storytelling, audience engagement, body language, and effective soundbites.


Each project team will receive mentoring in four areas:

  • Clinical mentoring – delivered by clinicians at Cambridge University Hospitals and across East of England.
  • Technical mentoring – delivered by Clinical Engineering Innovation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Business mentoring – delivered by consultants from Start Codon
  • Team mentoring – delivered by our committee members

Previous programmes

In previous years, teams have worked on problems in the fields of aortic valve replacements, brain surgery, and orthopaedics. You can read more about last year’s programme and see some of the solutions that teams developed:

Interested in getting involved as a clinician, mentor or sponsor?