Over £300M has been invested by 3rd party venture funders in University of Manchester spin-outs

We welcome interaction and involvement with a wide range of investment specialists, including business angel groups, high net worth individuals, seed corn investment specialists, venture capital houses and funders of social ventures. The breadth of our Technology/IP portfolio and variety of our spin-out propositions provide opportunities across many sectors. UMIP has also worked previously with a range of investors including:

As one of the most experienced and successful technology transfer organisations in the UK, UMIP has a reputation for generating a pipeline of high value business propositions, drawing on the significant research base at The University of Manchester. We work across the ‘funding pathway’ from translational research funding and pump priming grants through to Proof-of-Principle (PoP) and equity funding and are always open to adopting collaborative approaches to business development. Some of the current funding pathways we use are shown below:

Pathfinder Awards – UMIP funds Pathfinders to inform the future path of a project by gathering in-depth information about the proposed applications for the technology, and by validating the market appetite for the technology through engagement with customers or external partners with direct knowledge of the sector(s). This informs our knowledge of the steps necessary to develop the technology to a stage where it will be attractive to prospective licensees or venture investors.

Proof of Principle Funding – In April 2013, UMIP in conjunction with IP Group Plc. secured a new Proof-of-Principle funding facility for the identification and formation of new spin-out companies. The Group have agreed to make available an initial facility of up to £5million to provide capital to new PoP projects intended for commercialisation through spin-out companies.

Co-Managed Funds – We also believe in pragmatic partnering with industry to establish Co-Managed Funds to assist in the commercialisation of technologies. UMIP has successfully established co-managed funds with Johnson and Johnson, Scottish and Southern Energy and National Grid. This partnering has several key strategic advantages both to the University and its chosen partners:

  1. It enables the University to focus its innovation resources on clear and valid innovation targets described to it by the industrial partner
  2. It enables the industrial partner to describe its innovation needs in detail to solicit bespoke solutions from the University
  3. It enables the industrial partner to mobilise an innovation engine which embraces a diverse spectrum of expertise and equipment in areas which may be complementary to its core skills
  4. It affords the industrial partner the opportunity to contribute to the shape of the development programme and ensure that it is has a “line of sight” at the specific needs of the company to adopt the technology and internalise it
  5. It allows the company to advise on the commercial claims the University wraps around any resulting patentable IP
  6. It allows for a joint project management team to ensure project delivery and due consideration of appropriate productisation and adoption issues
  7. It primes the University and the partner for licence negotiations

If you are interested in discussing any aspect of funding at whatever stage please contact Tony Walker, Director of Enterprise and Business Development,, 0161 603 7780

Current funding pathways

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Funding Landscape Overview

Funding landscape


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