Enterprise Workshop 4 Oct 2019

Who is it for?

The Enterprise Workshop is for White Rose BBSRC DTP students who will be starting Year 2 in October 2019.

Any students who will going into Year 3 and who have NOT taken part in the previous Molecules to Market training should book a place on the Enterprise Workshop.

Mandatory or optional? 

It is mandatory for DTP and CASE students (who will be starting Year 2 in October 2019).

It is optional for NPIF Year 2 students – They are not required to attend but will be most welcome if they feel it will benefit them.


It is a two-day event running on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October 2019.

9am Registration and refreshments, ready for a prompt start at…

9.30 am to 4pm each day.


Note: The Enterprise Workshop will now take place in The Edward Boyle Library at The University of Leeds (and not Nexus, as originally advertised). 

The Workshop will take place on Level 13 in The Edward Boyle Library at The University of Leeds.  It is easy to find – not far from the main road (Woodhouse Lane) and is a 15-20 min walk from Leeds train station.

Address: Level 13 (PGR area), Edward Boyle Library, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9JT

Google map link HERE 


The Enterprise Workshop is a BRAND NEW training course for 2019!

The Enterprise Workshop is a BRAND NEW training course for 2019!  It replaces the former Molecules to Market training held in previous years.  We have listened to student feedback and have changed this training to be more relevant and useful.  During the two-day Enterprise Workshop, you will work alongside real businesses – helping them to find innovative solutions to current business problems, whilst at the same time, developing your own commercial awareness and business-related skills.

It is for those going into Year 2 in October 2019 plus anyone going into Year 3 who has not previously done the Molecules to Market training.  It is mandatory for DTP and CASE students and optional for NPIF.  

Training Objectives

By the end of the Workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate the importance of engaging with non-academic partners, both for their own career development and for wider societal impact
  2. Communicate effectively with non-academic professionals
  3. Identify key business issues in specific problem areas
  4. Develop hypotheses relevant to solving key business issues
  5. Perform desk-based research to test these hypotheses
  6. Recognise the scope and limitations of what can be learned from desk-based research
  7. Understand the basics of intellectual property and how it supports innovation
  8. Perform risk analyses using SWOT structures and other approaches
  9. Create data-based strategies for solving specific business problems
  10. Pitch proposed solutions in a convincing and professional way
  11. Critique proposals and provide constructive and professional feedback
  12. Develop strategies for building their own networks
  13. Write personal action plans for their professional and career development objectives post-workshop


The trainer will be Dr Nessa Carey – a former academic at Imperial College London, where she is now a visiting Professor.  She worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry for 13 years, and now works as a consultant, mentor, coach and trainer, specialising in the translational sphere.  Her training and consultancy clients have included the University of Sheffield; University of Aston; John Innes Centre; Quadram Institute; University of Bristol; Royal Society of Chemistry; Royal Society of Medicine and many others.  She has extensive experience training internationally, especially in China and South East Asia.  She has served on a number of committees and panels for the MRC and BBSRC, including as current chair of the MRC iCASE programme.  Her cross-sector experience will be highly applicable to this workshop.

Transport arrangements

Students should find their own way there each day and claim the travel costs back from their host University.  If you will be travelling by car, please ensure you provide your registration number on the booking form for a carpark space.


Lunch will be provided on both days.  If you have particular dietary requirements, please ensure you detail these on the booking form.

How to book?

Please click the link below to complete the on-line booking form – Note that the closing date for bookings is Friday 20th September 2019



If you will be going into Year 2 in October 2019 but cannot attend the Enterprise Workshop on the 3rd and 4th October for a valid reason – e.g. due to being on PIPS – or you have any other queries, please contact: Catherine Liddle, DTP Co-ordinator  email: c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk