CUSCG Opens Applications to NIH Breast Cancer Start-up Challenge

1378276515CCN are very excited to be helping the Centre for Advancing Innovation launch the Breast Cancer Start-up Challenge in the UK. As well as publicising this competition across the UK, we are partnering with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning in Cambridge to recruit project teams from the University of Cambridge and find entrepreneur mentors for these teams. We’re believe both that the competition will be an enormous success in the UK, and that Cambridge can bring home some prizes!

Students interested in joining our project teams in Cambridge should read the advert below. Note that anyone from UK or US Universities can set up a project team and join the competition independently, but CCN will help Cambridge project teams with mentorship and training for the competition.


Are you interested in gaining experience in consulting, entrepreneurship and business?

Would you like to help commercialise real inventions from the world’s largest biomedical research institution– The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, DC?

Would you like to work in a multidisciplinary team, with biomedical, business and legal expertise, and with an experienced entrepreneur as a mentor?

The breast cancer start-up challenge is a first of a kind competition to write business plans to commercialise inventions developed by NIH. The goal is to commercialise one of 10 inventions, with 10 teams competing to write the best business plan for each invention (100 teams in total). The team with the best business plan for each invention will be awarded $5,000, and at least $100,000 in seed funding for the start-up (with no upper limit).

Originally only open to US universities, the competition is now being opened in the UK, with the help of Cambridge Consulting Network. Anyone can enter a team, but CCN in collaboration with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) aims to put talented teams together with experienced entrepreneur mentors to make sure that Cambridge takes home some prizes!

Each team must have medical, business and legal backgrounds, so we are looking for talented students in each of these areas to work together to form the business plans. This will be a fantastic opportunity for students in any of these subjects looking to gain an experience of consulting, entrepreneurship and business, but should also be excellent fun for anyone who enjoys these kinds of challenges.

You can read more about the competition on the Breast Cancer Start-up Challenge website.

If you are interested in joining one of the CCN teams, then please send your CV and covering letter to Torben Jess ( torben.jess @ ) indicating which inventions, if any, you would ideally like to work on. Applications are open until 5pm on 8th October, and we will contact successful candidates by the 11th October. Ideal candidates would have some experience in consulting, law, entrepreneurship or business, other leadership experience, or general experience of making an impact in a group and achieving great things.

An important note: anyone funded by the NIH (e.g. NIH-Oxford/Cambridge Scholars) are not allowed to participate in the competition, since it is through the NIH. However, if you would like to be a mentor for one of these teams, please contact Adam Knight ( adam.knight AT ).

We look forward to hearing from you.

The CCN Committee