Want to launch an innovative idea to tackle a social and environmental issue? Get involved in our Incubation strand!
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Alongside running volunteering opportunities and placements, Cambridge Hub also incubates new projects. In practice, this means we work with students and community partners to launch innovative ideas which tackle local social and environmental issues.
We provide a variety of tailored support to individual students and groups starting up new projects. This includes in-person training and coaching, written resources and introductions to useful contacts. Get in touch and see how we can help at [email protected], no matter what stage you're at. We work with students and local groups from thinking of ideas to setting up a project, over to offering our infrastructure to help them deliver a pilot project, and then setting up on their own!
We aim to create a double benefit for both students and the local community. We do this by connecting students, sharing skills and knowledge, and giving practical opportunities to innovate.
This support could involve: - 1:1 conversations about your idea or project - Arranging meetings between individuals with related interests and ideas - Training sessions on areas such as ideation, project management, finance.. you name it! - Connecting you up with local entrepreneurs, funders, and advisors - Connecting you up with over 100 student groups and 150 local organisations - as well as major centres for innovation and development across the city and wider region.
At Cambridge Hub, previous projects we have incubated include: - Our Edible Garden, an initiative set in February 2013 with Transition Cambridge, their Growing Spaces project, and the University Environment and Energy Section, and based in Murray Edwards college. - Merkhabah International Foundation - which built a new school in Haiti with an inspiring new curriculum. - The Essentials Dignity initiative, which raised £770 to spend on essential feminine hygiene and personal care products for local homeless people.
Also, did you know we work closely with the Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School and Allia at the Future Business Centre to foster incubation and collaboration in the booming social enterprise town that is Cambridge? We're also part of the University Enterprise Network, and work closely with a range of start-ups and new ventures both in and outside the University.
Get in touch with us
Would you like to launch an innovative idea which tackles local social and environmental issues? Please get in touch with us at [email protected]