Current i-Solve Programme
On 5 May 2011, three teams of postgraduate students, drawn from across the University, embarked on a nine-week programme that required them to investigate real commercial opportunities for breakthrough technologies being developed at Cardiff University. i-Solve, now in its fourth cycle, brings together academics, research staff and postgraduate students to gather information and carry out detailed analyses in order to make feasible recommendations for taking technology to market.
i-Solve is not a simulation, it is not a game – it is an authentic business experience through which the students not only contribute to the University’s commercialisation processes, but at the same time gain valuable enterprise skills that could change their futures. This year's teams demonstrated high levels of commitment, often meeting at weekends and in the evening to ensure that progress was made.
Each team benefited from the guidance of a mentor with industry expertise. The mentors motivated and inspired the students, and we are extremely grateful for their commitment to i-Solve, and for giving up their own time every week (and often outside of the scheduled sessions) to offer advice and support.
On 5 July, each student team made a formal presentation to our panel of dragons/judges. These presentations, together with detailed business reports submitted in advance, and a team process report from the mentors, enabled the panel to decide on the team demonstrating the best approach to the investigation and making the best recommendations to take the project forward.
Winning Team Anti-Cancer
This year's winning team was 'Team Anti-Cancer' and the team members, Ataul Chowdhury, Jitka Soukupova, Rajasree Ramakrishnan, Md Sabbir Ahmmed, Muhammad Ajmal Khan and Yun Zheng worked closely with the project's Principal Investigator, Dr Stephen Man, to achieve the top all-round results.
Dr Man commented 'An excellent team with a very professional approach. They were organised from the start and they were very enthusiastic about the project.'
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