Kent Innovation i-Teams links the most innovative and creative students to industry, facilitating solutions to real world business challenges. i-Teams originated at MIT and was brought over to the UK by the University of Cambridge in 2006. Several other UK Universities have since adopted the model and implemented their own programmes.
What is it?
Over the course of eight weeks, you will work in an interdisciplinary team to find a solution to a challenge set by our business sponsors. You will receive guidance from an industry mentor but it's up to you and your team to explore and analyse solutions and agree on the best one to pitch to businesses in the Grand Final at the end of the programme.
Our 2023 Challenge Sponsors were:
- World-leading engineering company, BAE Systems
- British female fashion brand, Vesper 247
- Cultural and creative industry project, The Docking Station
What's in it for me?
You will have access to support from industry mentors, a chance to connect with like-minded University students and opportunities to demonstrate and enhance vital employability skills. As such, each weekly session will earn students 15 employability points which can be ‘cashed-in’ for the chance to apply for exclusive internships, work placements, training and more. Dinner will also be provided at every session.
Want to know more? Here are 5 reasons why Kent students should take part in i-Teams.
When is it?
The programme takes place at the beginning of the year over the course of 8 weeks.
Where is it?
On our Canterbury campus.
Who can take part?
Any University of Kent student looking to step out of their comfort zone, connect with others and enhance their CV.
How do I apply for the programme?
Applications open in November and applications are made via a short online form. Make sure you keep an eye on communications from the Careers and Employability Service team for updates on when applications are due to open.
Successful applicants are expected to attend all sessions and to complete a 2 hour online training module ‘Enterprise Design Thinking’.
It was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in innovation.