Since 2020, we’ve run an entrepreneurship survey on [the Wellcome Genome] Campus that gathers the views and attitudes of campus scientists towards entrepreneurship and what it might mean for them. With participation steadily increasing annually, we have seen a trend in some of the questions posed. For example, when we ask about future careers, the number of people unsure of continuing in Academia to progress their career has been increasing steadily throughout the years.
We started gathering insights in 2020, to coincide with the launch of the Startup School. We did wonder if there was an appetite for it back then, and hence a survey was a great way to gauge interest. Of course, we had planned it as an in-person programme, but as we all know the pandemic hit and we had to go fully virtual.
There seemed to be an appetite. We had plenty of applicants, of which we could only take 24, 12 pairs of scientists working together on 12 ideas. Since then, we’ve run three editions and have started the fourth this week. This year, we’ve taken 30! The appetite is growing. With our first session starting this Thursday, I cannot wait to meet the smiling faces of our new cohort and their ideas.