Intellectual Property Office Fast Forward Award
The UK Innovation Forum (UKIF) has won an Intellectual Property Office Fast Forward Award, as the delivery partner of the STFC, for its project Using entrepreneurs to discover and unlock IP value from academic research. The award, which will allow the UKIF to deliver many more of the very successful events it has already organised, was announced at the awards ceremony on the 9th March.
The official statement from the STFC about the award stated:
Ian Tracey, who runs the STFC Entrepreneur in Residence programme, said: “We have demonstrated the importance of matching investment ready management, to our world class science to increase the Economic Impact of our science base and to increase the ease by which investment money can be obtained.”
The UKIF, which STFC helped to create, is the delivery party of the consortium. Its CEO, Dr Gerald Law, said: “This competition success shows that we have a unique model, and it has the ability to help the UK generate many more start ups. We have already seen much greater interaction between academia and industry as a result of our events. The support STFC gave us when we started was essential and we can see the results of STFC’s vision in helping us. We want to build upon this success and look forward to many more events and therefore projects initiated in the near future.”
RAL Event Another Success
The UKIF is pleased to say that its most recent event – held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on 6th March and co-hosted by the ESP KTN – was another great success. Feedback from the event showed that on each of the following criteria more than 90% of respondents felt that the event had been: valuable; had led to multiple new useful contacts; would be something they would wish to attend again; and that they would recommend to others.
It is the overwhelmingly positive response of attendees, such as those indicated above, that has led to the Fast Forward award. We look forward to seeing you at our future events!
New Course From PlaxisUnico
Business Strategy for the Professional Academic
24-25 May 2012 – Cambridge
This short course provides essential frameworks and strategies for articulating and amplifying the impact of research outputs. The course is based around real case studies and situations drawn from a wide variety of disciplines and industries. It covers a similarly broad range of ‘impacts’, from social and collaborative models through to new ‘for-profit spin-outs’. The sessions are highly interactive – with an emphasis on helping academics to apply innovation frameworks and business strategies within their own context.
Previous PraxisUnico courses have been oversubscribed so early registration is advised to secure your place. For more information and a copy of the course programme please visit the PraxisUnico website. Register here
SME-AERO-POWER Awareness Workshop
Monday 26 March 2012 – Bristol
Ability Europe Limited and Argenta are organising a number of free “Awareness Workshops” around the UK, with the first event taking place on 26 March 2012 in Bristol.
Up to 40 SMEs are being invited to benefit from this workshop. To attend please book your place at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3116119397 – Password for tickets is SMEBRISTOL.