Our Fellows programme is modelled on the similar, highly successful Columbia Fellows Programme run at Columbia University in New York and offers a unique opportunity for full-time postgraduate students registered at the University to gain in-depth experience in technology commercialisation activities.
For 2016/17, we have just recruited 10 UMIP Fellows from across the University who will work with our Commercialisation Executives on a part-time paid basis.
A Training Day was held on 26th September at our Innovation Centre to introduce our new Fellows to the skills needed to undertake a variety of assignments to support UMIP’s activities. These include completing initial assessments of the commercial viability of new inventions, including how to identify potential applications and competitors, development of marketing materials for technologies, creating lists of companies for potential collaboration or licensing and analysis of patent literature. Fellows will also have access to and support from the team at the Manchester Enterprise Centre during the one-year term of their appointment.
Tony Walker, Director of Innovation Optimiser at UMIP, commented: “It is great to get so much interest in the Fellows Programme and enthusiasm from students here. The benefits to both students and UMIP have clearly been demonstrated over the past three years. For UMIP, the Fellows provided valuable start-points for our detailed analysis of the commercial potential of new invention disclosures collected in the year, and for our promotion of technology externally. I would like to thank the Manchester Enterprise Centre for their close involvement and support of the UMIP Fellows Programme.”
Dr Martin Henery, Enterprise Academic / Lecturer & Social Enterprise Champion at Manchester Enterprise Centre, commented:” It is very exciting to see the UMIP Fellows Programme entering a fourth year and enabling students interested in enterprise to get hands-on experience of real technology commercialisation cases.”
For additional information about our Fellow Programme, please contact: Margaret Lewis on 0161 306 3067 or email@example.com.