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  • Thumbnail for Duncan Johnson, Miles Kirby: NG Studios helps entrepreneurs think big

    Duncan Johnson, Miles Kirby: NG Studios helps entrepreneurs think big

    Duncan Johnson argues that spinout founders in the north of England need to learn to think bigger. That’s not just a question of access to capital (his investment firm Northern Gritstone has £312m at its disposal) but also of infrastructure to mentor and nurture these founders.

  • Thumbnail for Jim Shaikh – Corporates drawn to climate tech innovation at Imperial College London’s Greenhouse accelerator

    Jim Shaikh – Corporates drawn to climate tech innovation at Imperial College London’s Greenhouse accelerator

    Some of the most innovative clean energy and climate technologies originate in the labs of the world’s research universities. At Imperial College London’s climate innovation accelerator, The Greenhouse, startups address solutions in niche areas such as bio-textiles, waste management and green hydrogen.

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    Season 2 Recap

    We take a look back at some of the key insights shared by guests on season 2 of Beyond the Breakthrough.

  • Thumbnail for TU Darmstadt has developed a unique approach to licensing

    TU Darmstadt has developed a unique approach to licensing

    Licensing intellectual property to a spinout can take frustratingly long and end with terms for a spinout that a venture capital investor might not be comfortable with — the university taking too large a share is a typical argument that you’ll hear particularly in the UK. There are initiatives to speed this up. The US has BOLT and the UK has the USIT Guides, template term sheets co-developed by tech transfer offices, investors and law firms to significantly speed up the process. Ireland even has a national IP protocol.

  • Thumbnail for Panel discussion: What does the hospital of the future look like?

    Panel discussion: What does the hospital of the future look like?

    How do you get beyond the many roadblocks stopping cutting-edge technology from being adopted by healthcare providers – which naturally have a lot of safety concerns, and often sizeable budget constraints too. Are hospitals moving to being completely decentralised in the future? And is AI about to revolutionise how hospitals are run?

  • Thumbnail for Karin Immergluck: Stanford’s biggest challenge is complacency (rebroadcast)

    Karin Immergluck: Stanford’s biggest challenge is complacency (rebroadcast)

    Stanford may be a recognised world-leader when it comes to startups, but it mustn’t rest on its laurels. Sometimes that even means launching initiatives that others have long had — that is just one of the lessons that Karin Immergluck, executive director of Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing, has learnt. Karin also tells us what the US can learn from its international peers, why TenU is an important component of her work and she examines the importance of erasing bias in hiring processes, including in leadership positions.

  • Thumbnail for Panel discussion: Funding for all — unlocking diversity in spinouts

    Panel discussion: Funding for all — unlocking diversity in spinouts

    Diversity is not just about making sure more women and underrepresented minorities are on founding teams. When they do create businesses, they are typically ignored by venture capital investors who look for the same type of founders that have previously made money (creating a vicious circle). In the US, female founders raised just 2% of the VC money in 2023, and in Europe it was even less at 1.8%, according to PitchBook.

  • Thumbnail for Kevin Leland: Halo has researchers on speed dial for corporates

    Kevin Leland: Halo has researchers on speed dial for corporates

    Imagine your corporate R&D team is facing a problem so complex it requires the world’s top researchers to solve. How do you find the right expert? You could scour endless academic papers or slowly build relationships with individual universities. You could invest in startups that are developing a solution. Or you could go to Halo, a matchmaker for cutting-edge research and real-world problems.

  • Thumbnail for Panel discussion: The key ingredients of successful spinout teams

    Panel discussion: The key ingredients of successful spinout teams

    A PhD student who sets up a spinout and becomes its CEO is 21% better at returning an investor’s money than a serial founder would be if installed in the same spinout. Even more impressively, a PhD student turned chief executive is 46% better at making a venture capital fund money than a former CEO from a large company would be.

  • Thumbnail for Kelley Rich: Fighting poverty with university spinouts

    Kelley Rich: Fighting poverty with university spinouts

    Can university spinouts help fight poverty? That’s a question Kelley Rich, interim vice-president for innovation at the University of Notre Dame, is trying to answer as head of the institution’s innovation hub IDEA Center. It’s part of a campus-wide initiative launched in January 2024 that will see increased poverty research taking place — it gets to the heart of the private Catholic university’s mission of bringing about positive societal change.