About PG Rise

“Intrapreneurial experiential learning involves creating opportunities that enable researchers to engage with a real life problem or challenge in an organisational context, learn as a social as well as individual process, use lessons learned and new learning.” [1]

PG Rise will place you within an interdisciplinary-team of early career researchers from all across the university, to develop your commercial awareness as you explore and validate the market for university research outputs.

Your team will engage in the challenge of identifying a sustainable business model for an invention or other piece Intellectual Property generated by one of Lancaster’s leading academics.

Each team will comprise a small number of PGRs from a range of disciplines – aimed and broadening your networks and exposing you to different modes of creative problem-solving.  Each team will be presented with a concrete brief, devised by the Principal Investigator and a Business Development Manager, and provided with an induction and small project budget by the Enterprise Team.  Projects will typically take less than four weeks to complete, with a workload devised to reduce impact on your own research priorities.

Due to the ongoing nature of IP disclosures at Lancaster, PG Rise projects can emerge at any time.  To find out more, or to join the PG Rise waiting list ready for the next live project, please email Chris Lowerson.

To find out more about projects from previous years, please visit this page.


Exploring intrapreneurship in researcher development Vitae, 2008, Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) [1]

PG RISE is based on the i-Teams model first developed at MIT, later taken on by Cambridge University and then Cardiff University (iSolve). Our thanks and acknowledgements are given for their support in helping bring this model to Lancaster.