Project partners

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


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.


Mercia Technologies

Mercia Technologies is a leading UK technology investor with a particular emphasis on the Midlands, North of England and Scotland.  We focus on high growth sectors leveraging the team’s deep expertise across four fields including digital & digital entertainment; software & the internet; electronics, materials, manufacturing & engineering; and life sciences & biosciences.


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 (OUI) is the research commercialisation company of the University of Oxford, managing technology transfer and consulting activities.

Having created more than 150 spinouts, Oxford is first in the UK for number of spinouts, the number that survive, and jobs created. In the 2016~17 financial year OUI completed more than 50 licenses and consulting agreements every month.


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.


University of Birmingham Enterprise

University of Birmingham Enterprise supports academics who want to innovate, take their ideas to market, work with businesses and social enterprises, or enrich their professional lives by doing academic consultancy projects. We do this by providing enterprise training, funding, office and laboratory space, and a full technology transfer service. University of Birmingham Enterprise also manages investment funds and the incubation services and facilities at the Birmingham Research Park.