Unlocking the entrepreneurial potential in research communities – What are you waiting for?

Orsolya Ihasz reflects on the i2i - Ideas to Innovation 2022 programme – read more »

Ideas to Innovation (i2i), delivered through the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, has been designed for ambitious individuals looking to unlock their entrepreneurial and creative potential. This programme encourages research students to consider the social and economic relevance of their research.

Within the i2i programme you will:

  • Explore entrepreneurship as an option for corporate innovation and new venture creation.
  • Gain a basic understanding of business.
  • Develop knowledge of how to commercialise your research.
  • Develop a network of likeminded researchers facing similar challenges.

This course encourages researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals from multiple disciplines to talk to each other “outside the box”. The programme helps you explore your desire to take your research to market, understanding creative methods, team building, cultures and communications and the very basics of business. By the end of the course you will have had fun, learned about yourself and your ideas and how to communicate them effectively.

You will have met a huge network of smart entrepreneurial people, feel that you are amongst people with shared values and hopefully feel encouraged to take your research forward into society.

Within this three-day entrepreneurial programme, we combine large scale plenary sessions with small group activity. Each group has two facilitators to transfer the learning from the plenary – to guide and support you. We feel that this format enables you to consider the social and economic relevance of your research and will equip you with the skills and know-how to turn your ideas into action.

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Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Orsolya Ihasz is the Programme Director of Ideas to Innovation. She is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, and a Fellow at the Foundation for Science and Technology.  Her research interest focuses on responsible innovation management and social impact measurement especially in public health. As well as leading Ideas to Innovation (i2i), aimed at the researchers and early-career researcher community across disciplines to support entrepreneurial ventures geared towards finding solutions to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she is also an external advisor to the WHO on  scaling digitally enabled health interventions for tackling non-communicable diseases globally. 

More speaker announcements coming soon.


Dates: 31 January – 2 February 2024

i2i Programme Summary

Day One enables an understanding of personal values, motivations and direction.

Day Two focuses on the importance of building teams, as well as generating potential impact pathways for your research.

Day Three looks at the basic elements of taking an idea and turning it into a product or service and how to communicate it with passion.

Location & travel details

The Gallery - CMRI Building 38, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Download a visitor guide including map, directions and health and safety information.


Please contact Cranfield Management Development Centre directly +44 1234 751122 for accommodation bookings. 

Who should attend?

i2i is for:

  • Researchers within Centres of Doctoral Training and partner institutions.
  • Doctoral candidates across multiple disciplines.
  • Postdocs from multiple disciplines.

If you are unsure if i2i is for you, please contact Orsolya Ihasz at Orsolya.Ihasz@cranfield.ac.uk for more information.

Apply to join

Limited free places are available to Cranfield University research students.

There are paid spaces available for non-Cranfield doctoral students and researchers, please contact Orsolya Ihasz for more information.

We are now accepting applications for our January 2024 cohort.

Deadline is 8 December 2023.

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