Report of study trip in Cambridge of winners. 24 HEURES CHRONO DE L ENTREPRENEURIAT Edition Spéciale Doctorants CIFRE PDF

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Report of study trip in Cambridge of winners 24 HEURES CHRONO DE L ENTREPRENEURIAT CIFRE 2012 With the sponsoring of Caisse des Dépôts, institutions and companies : Juliettte BERT Université Bourgogne

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Report of study trip in Cambridge of winners 24 HEURES CHRONO DE L ENTREPRENEURIAT CIFRE 2012 With the sponsoring of Caisse des Dépôts, institutions and companies : Juliettte BERT Université Bourgogne Danielson Engineering Thibaud DUMAS Université Paris 6 RATP Thierno Fall INSA Lyon VALEO Florian RIGAUD ISAE Eurocopter Kevin ROYER ENSMA EDF R&D Agathe VERCOUTTER Université de Franche-Comté Safran-Turbomeca Cambridge University, 800 years of sciences history. King's College and the Chancellor of the University, William Cavendish, the Seventh Duke of Devonshire who provided the building a physics laboratory. In 1209, Oxford s scholars taking refuge from hostile townsmen, migrated to Cambridge and settled there. By 1226 the scholars were numerous enough to have set up an organisation, represented by an official called a Chancellor, and seem to have arranged regular courses of study, taught by their own members. Today, the University is a confederation of Schools, Faculties, Departments and Colleges. The Colleges are governed by their own statutes and regulations, but are integral to the make-up of the University of Cambridge. Pembroke College and its refectory Students live, eat and socialise in one of the University s 31 autonomous Colleges. Undergraduates receive College supervisions small group teaching sessions regarded as one of the best teaching models in the world. Each College has its own internal procedures. They select their own students, subject to University regulations, and most admit both undergraduate and postgraduate students. College representatives sit on the University Council and Finance Committee. There are six Schools, which each forms an administrative grouping of Faculties and other institutions. They are: Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology. There is a Council of each School including representatives of its Faculties and Departments. The Schools are represented on the General Board. University Faculties organise teaching and research into individual subjects or groups of subjects. Their work is normally organised into sub-divisions called Departments. Centres of studies are controlled by committees of management, bringing together representatives from several disciplines. Window of Isaac Newton flat and a modern wall of Cavendish Laboratory. In June 1661, Isaac Newton was admitted to Trinity College. He is less known as the inventor of the cat flap than for his theory of gravitation. Cambridge university has attracted and trained many distinguished scientists. Its laboratories have gathered 85 Nobel prize recipients. The research was always supported by firms. John Taylor, a famous watchmaker who has studied in Cambridge University, has built this Clock for the Corpus Christi College. On it, a grasshopper, as a chronophage, seems to eat up seconds. Interaction with Anglia Ruskin University Established at the heart of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University takes advantage of the Cambridge s entrepreneurial dynamism. Primarily dedicated to art studies (book illustration), today, the university has developed several programs, European projects and a contest that promote entrepreneurship studies and research. We have met Brynn Deprey in one of the numerous new classes of Lord Ashcroft business school where a jury was waiting for us. The jury was composed with teachers and PhD students of the business school eager to discover the results of 24 hours contest last session. After an informal meeting, and a quick presentation of everybody s field of expertise, Clarisse and Renaud have introduced the CIFRE program. And here comes our turn to present the Baby Dream project, born during the 24 hours contest! Given the caricature, made by Gabriel our special reporter, we were, obviously, behaving as if we were true professionals! We were inspired by our original presentation in September It was a challenge to become familiar with the technological vocabulary in English. A specific preparation was necessary. We have prepared the final presentation the night before. However, we could rely on our team typical conviviality. Few words to summarize our presentation and the following debates: The SmartNest project addresses sensitive topics such as early age education and emotions. As a consequence, the debate was passionate. Indeed, our project consists in creating an automatic and smart moses basket: It detects babies cries and it cradles automatically in adapting the motion It deciphers the cries and indicates their origin (pain, hunger, etc.) We can stress differences between the English and French juries (during the 24h00 contest, we have met a set of industry managers). As expected, our presentation was too focused on the technological aspects of our product according to the Anglia Ruskin s jury. They were more keen on discussing its practical implications and its outcomes. In contrast with our French jury, the English jury has not examined important issues such as safety. It was very interesting for us to face a whole new jury with different concerns and backgrounds; and new questions have been raised. At the end of the discussion, the jury was puzzled when Clarisse stressed that our business proposal was the result of a game in spite of its seriousness and potential. We also had the opportunity to discuss with PhD students the market implementation of our product. This whole experience was an amazing gift and a great experience. In addition, we were kindly invited to watch the BigPitch semi finals. BigPitch is a Lord Ashcroft business school entrepreneurship contest similar to 24h00 contest. The major difference lies on the reward of the contest. Anglia Ruskin students may win a 15k price to concretize their project. In the evening, we have enjoyed a pleasant dinner with our jury in Cambridge midtown. Anglia Ruskin academic team - Dr. Brynn Deprey- Senior Lecturer, Course Leader BA Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management - Dr. Louise Chalkley Senior Lecturer, Enterprise Development - Dr. Rosie Robison- Research Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute - Lianne Miller- Lecturer in International Business and Deputy Director CEDAR - Dr. Linda Piusa-PhD student - Magdalena Partac-PhD student - John Magabhegede- PhD student Visit of a Cambridge company On Thursday, we have visited Cambridge Consultants, a company that set up in the Cambridge Science Park. For obvious confidentiality reasons, we were unfortunately unable to take picture within their facilities. According to the name of the company, Cambridge Consultants (CC), we were quite surprised by their day- to-day activity. Far from the standard paper-based consulting that we had imagined, the CEO himself, Alan Richardson, in his introducing speech let us know that 95% of their activity was actually applied engineering. Basically, customers come with a concept or an idea and CC mission was to bring it to life; the other 5% are internal projects, proposed by employees themselves. The company illustrated its talents with several life impacting projects, such as the first integrated blue tooth chip, the ground-based installation of Iridium, the famous clearblue pregnancy test. The flagship project the round teabag reveals that the most financially efficient innovation can lie in competitive differences rather than in radical innovation: - apparently simple ; - complicated to put into production; - not bringing any improvement in quality to customers. BUT was brilliantly profitable!! One of the critical aspects of this project was the importance of the disclosure effect, and as a consequence, to ability to keep the secrecy. The CEO also insisted on their human resources philosophy that apparently put the individual inspiration and motivation in the center of the process. This is also embedded in the existence of an employee-innovation process. Employees present and defend proposals that can integrate different company resources. The employee-driven innovation projects provide unclassified communication content to emphasize the firm s skills and strengthen its legitimacy among its stakeholders and clients. In spite of its very strict confidential policy, we have visited two labs with Patrick Pordage (Marketing Communications Director): the electronics lab and life science lab. We have attended a stunning demonstration of their electronic production equipment that quickly transformed a naked board to a fully operational device. Those tools offer broad capacities of rapid prototyping and internal small scale production. Those two are crucial advantages comply with the required high confidentiality. We also visited the so called life science lab where the firm proceeds with sophisticated quality control processes. CC activity is focused on drug delivery. It is a leader of the market. We finished our visit with a speech delivered by an enthusiastic employee about her daily activity. In conclusion, we were nicely surprised to discover the CC corporate culture and infrastructure. We admired the firm s policy that encourages employee-driven innovation. We were also intrigued by managers lack of interest in terms of partnership with academic entities. Seeing those examples of successful spin off based companies also encourages us for future entrepreneurial projects. Conclusion By Clarisse Angelier, head of Cifre department at ANRT and Renaud Redien-Collot, Director of international affairs at Novancia We have enjoyed this study trip and especially the welcoming of Anglia Ruskin academic team. Cifre, Novancia, on the hand, and Anglia Ruskin, on the other are building a stimulating dialog about science and entrepreneurship and academic entrepreneurship. We have appreciated the enthusiastic feedback of ARU academic team during the presentation of Baby Dream. For example, a member of the team said: I love it, I want to put money in it. It would be interesting to stabilize this study trip in Cambridge, and, in turn, it would be important to welcome members of Anglia Ruskin in France. Brynn Deprey has already accepted to participate in the h00 contest in Paris. In the same vein, we can imagine to set up a partnership based on joined-ph.d. in the Cifre framework. Apparently, there may be an interesting cross-fertilization in sharing our respective expertise in entrepreneurship education and research and in academic entrepreneurship. We were also delighted by our visit on CC site. We were impressed by their high accomplishment in innovation management and technology. We have also discovered the importance of employee-driven innovation within corporate culture. * * *
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