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Cambridge is recognised around the world as a unique environment for translating ideas, inventions and discoveries from all disciplines into new products, services or solutions (the Cambridge phenomenon).

"An enterprising mindset is a way of thinking that enables our students to spot and seize new opportunities to create positive impact and see them through to implementation – whatever their future career."

Enterprise logoThe Lucy Enterprise programme runs throughout the academic year and is supported by our Fellows, alumni and other friends of the College.

Students are invited to join a series of events including a launch in Michaelmas term, a competition in Lent term and a celebration in Easter term.

Termly surgeries, coaching and mentoring is also available to support their development, together with other informal opportunities to network with like-minded Lucy students.

Explore – get to know Cambridge, get your thinking caps on, get your ideas on paper
Experience – get your team together, get your proposal ready, apply to the LucEnt Challenge
Establish – get some more advice, get your plan going, get on with it!

Lucy Enterprise Programme Activities

Activities are open to all Lucy Cavendish students. There's no obligation to enter the LucEnt Challenge (see below) - though of course we'd welcome all applications.

Lucy Enterprise Activity list - also in textBrunch - an opportunity to get to know your peers and share ideas over a late breakfast with the College’s Lucy Enterprise champions
Idea Surgeries - test and shape your thoughts
Coaching Sessions - prepare to pitch your proposal
Mentoring Sessions - keep going after the LucEnt Challenge

Ecosystem – ‘get out of the building’ and engage with the world’s most enterprising university town!

You can register for surgeries and sessions - and let us know to look out for you at brunch - via the College Calendar.

The LucEnt student society also provides students the opportunity to engage more widely with Cambridge’s enterprising student and alumni community.

LucEnt Challenge

The LucEnt Challenge invites students of the College to combine their knowledge, skills and experience in a multi-disciplinary team to identify an enterprising solution to a challenge relevant to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Entries are now closed and all teams have been contacted.

At the Challenge Weekend, selected teams will receive mentoring and present their ideas for the opportunity to win up to £1000 towards implementing their vision.

To find out about the 2023 LucEnt Challenge go to

Lucy Cavendish College is grateful to Cambridge Precision Ltd for their generous support of the Enterprise Weekend and the enterprising activity of students at the College.

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