Project partners

We are deeply grateful to the organisations which have supported this project, and helped to cover the set-up costs.


Alta Innovations

Alta Innovations is the commercial arm of the University of Birmingham.  The company develops, promotes and commercialises the University’s IP through licensing and the creation of spin out companies.  It has recently secured a £5 million investment from the University to co-invest in spinouts and early stage companies. 

Imperial Innovations


IP Group

IP Group works with leading universities to develop and commercialise some of the world's most exciting technology innovations. Offering more than traditional venture capital, IP Group provides its companies with business building expertise, networks, recruitment and business support. The Group’s portfolio includes early stage to mature businesses across the biotech, healthcare, technology and cleantech sectors.


University of Manchester

UMIP, a division of UMI3 Ltd, is the University’s agent for IP commercialisation.  UMIP brings the University’s ground-breaking inventions and software into the commercial world by attracting entrepreneurs, investors and corporate venture partners to its Innovation Centre and engaging with academic colleagues to license or spin out companies.

MFL Science & Technology

MFL Science & Technology is a specialist insurance broker risk management adviser to many of the UK’s leading ‘spin out’ businesses.


Marks & Clerk LLP

Marks & Clerk is the UK’s largest firm of patent and trade mark attorneys and advises companies on their intellectual property across a full range of sectors worldwide.


Oxford University Innovation

Oxford University Innovation is the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford; it promotes commercialisation of IP through licensing, consultancy, and formation of spin-out companies. OUI was ranked 1st in the UK for spin-outs over three and ten year periods in the 2016 Annual Report for the Spinouts UK survey.


Scottish Enterprise

Helping translate ideas and research into more spin-out and start-up companies, and encouraging Scottish companies to make use of technology and research being developed.


UCL Business

UCLB is a technology transfer company commercialising on the research and innovations developed by UCL. Offering world-class expertise in areas from life sciences to engineering and from the arts to the built environment, we work to make commercial connections between the expertise and innovations of UCL’s academics and the needs of industry and the wider marketplace.