• We are catalysts for innovation, commercialising next-generation technologies developed by

    The University of Manchester’s world-class research base





    • £360m+ invested by venture funders

    • 40+ spin-out companies created

    • 7,500+ licences and IP partnerships concluded

    • 4,000+ invention disclosures received

    • £115m+ IP and R&D revenue generated for the University







  • We are catalysts for innovation, commercialising next-generation technologies developed by The University of Manchester’s world-class research base





    • £300m+ invested by venture funders since 2004

    • 40+ spin-out companies created

    • 4,800+



      licences and IP partnerships concluded

    • 3,700+ invention disclosures received

    • 1,300+ jobs generated across various industry sectors

    • £105m+ IP and R&D revenue generated for the University


Archive for September, 2010

MTI/UPF win Investor ALLSTARS 2010 “Equity Gap Fund of the Year”

MTI, the UK’s leading early-stage hi-tech venture capital investor and manager of the innovative UMIP Premier Fund (UPF), was presented with the “Equity Gap Fund of the Year” award at the annual ALLSTARS Investors Award ceremony in London.

The UMIP Premier Fund primarily makes late-seed stage investments, planning to invest in a total of 15 – 20 companies, initially in the £250k – £750k range, with both the intention and capacity to provide follow-on investment up to £3m.

Since its close in 2008, it has currently made 11 investments, mainly from spin-outs from The University of Manchester, whilst also supporting academics with its innovative Proof of Principle (PoP) program, for those at the very early stages of IP development.

Beating stiff opposition from other VC houses such as NESTA, Northstar and Oxford Capital, MTI’s Co-Managing Partner Richard Henderson commented,” The UPF spearheads a new and successful model for early stage University spin out investing. MTI welcomes the recognition, and we are excited by the opportunity to roll the UPF’s successor out to a select number of other leading UK Universities, in pursuit of the creation of world class spin-outs and the generation of superior returns to investors.”

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