Partner companies and investors
We invite entrepreneurs to work with us to increase the yield and quality of ventures by exploring the best ways in which to engage with the commercial market and validate its market appetite for early-stage technologies.
Creative innovation teams are formed between our academics and external entrepreneurs and businesses which allows us to respond to the needs of the market in a more agile way and direct our innovation for more successful commercialisation.
We augment our professional capability by out-sourcing various discrete projects to consultants and collaborators. These projects include IP audits, primary market research, referencing investment propositions, and the brokering of partnerships, collaborations and licences on an international basis. We are pleased to work with individuals and groups who share our vision and ambitions and who have the flexibility and creativity necessary for success in these areas. Our relationships with consultants are typically fee-for-service based although risk sharing arrangements may be appropriate in special circumstances.
While our academic entrepreneurs are complemented by UMIP’s professional managers during the earliest stages of the spin-out process; external managers and management teams with domain specialism, detailed market knowledge and useful contacts can be transformational in the development of our high growth companies. We actively reach out to such individuals and teams and are always happy to respond to enquiries from interested parties.
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.