i-Teams originated at MIT and was first implemented in Cambridge in 2006. Since then, i-Teams Cambridge has run nearly 80 projects for over 70 research teams, involving over 500 students and 35 business mentors.
Typically, two thirds of students are studying for PhDs and one third are contract research staff or Masters students. In Cambridge, the majority of students are from science and engineering backgrounds, and the rest are studying business and humanities subjects. 30% of the Cambridge i-Teams projects have gone on to create spin-out companies, several of which have received significant investment funding.
UEA was involved with the Cambridge i-Teams platform with UEA spinouts Intelligent Fingerprinting in 2010 and Spectral Edge in 2011. In 2012, Professor Thomas Mock (UEA, School of Environmental Sciences) and a team of PGR students from UEA, IFR and JIC participated in the Cambridge i-Teams programme to assess and analyse the market opportunities for a novel gene allowing faster algae growth.
UEA’s i-Team programme started in 2015 and runs every year throughout January, February and March. One of the projects from the 2015 programme by inventor Dr Sean Bew from the School of Chemistry has recently been spun-out as a new company called Isochemix. The programme is running for the sixth consecutive year in 2020.
i-Teams at UEA
The i-Teams Co-ordinators for 2020 are Dr Rosemary Bass, a former Postdoc, Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Reader/Associate Professor and now the PGR Careers Adviser, Dr Faye Outram, who has five years Postdoc experience in ENV at the UEA, participated in i-Teams in 2015 and became the Intellectual Property Officer in the Research and Innovation Services in October 2015, and Alison Northwood, a UEA Masters Graduate and also an Intellectual Property Officer in the Research and Innovation Services.